Teeth that have become compromised by excessive wear, trauma, or progressive tooth infection can often be saved with an appropriate dental restoration, such as a dental filling or crown. But if the damage or infection is too great, then saving the tooth might not be possible, and extraction may be the best option. To preserve the area around the extracted tooth until it can be replaced, your oral surgeon may suggest ridge preservation—the process of fortifying the jawbone with a graft.
Restoration Through Tooth Extraction
To maintain excellent oral health and proper bite function, you should replace an extracted tooth as soon as possible, preferably with a dental implant and crown. The implant post will replace the extracted root, while the crown will replace the top part of your tooth to restore your dentition. In some cases, extracting and replacing a tooth may be the only way to preserve the health and integrity of your smile.