Your dentist’s primary goal is to preserve your natural tooth. In most situations, a damaged or severely decayed tooth can remain at least partially intact. However, there are certain situations where a dental extraction is the best option. While extractions are left as a last resort, the extraction is not the end of treatment. After an extraction, restorative options are available to fill the void left behind. In most cases, the restoration is a better option for oral health than the extracted tooth.
Some decay and damage is beyond repair from root canal therapy. Some patients have weakened immune systems that may not be able to handle a root canal treatment. Gum disease can cause such weakened support that extraction is the only option for a tooth. In some cases, a tooth must be removed to prevent infection from spreading to other teeth or to the body.
When extraction is determined to be the best option, the tooth can be removed gently with minimized impact on the rest of the mouth. The gum tissue will be carefully closed. After some healing time, the tooth can be replaced with a new restoration. There are a wide range of restoration options to restore your smile and your dental function after an extraction.
But if a dental extraction is necessary, Dr. Dooley can help. To schedule a consultation, call Scott Dooley Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-495-8100. We also proudly serve the residents of Dallas, Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, and all surrounding communities.