Why An Extraction May Not Be The Best Option

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If you have a problematic tooth, you may be considering an extraction. However, having the tooth pulled is not always the best option. Here are a few reasons why.

Your Natural Tooth Is Stronger Than Most Replacement Devices

Once an adult tooth is lost, it does not regenerate. It must be replaced. Still, a natural tooth is likely able to withstand more bite pressure than its replacement. Even though the quality of dental bridges and dentures has progressed over the years, the devices still cannot handle the pressure of mastication as well as a natural tooth.

Although a denture may produce natural suction from its placement against the soft tissues of the mouth, the device may still slip about. The slipping can make speaking and eating uncomfortable. Thus, a denture may require a connection to dental implants or remaining teeth to stabilize it.

To connect a dental bridge in the mouth, the device must be attached to the abutment teeth or dental implants. Without the connection, the bridge does not remain secure enough to permit proper chewing.

Replacing a Lost Natural Tooth with a Bridge Could Result in Damage to Other Teeth

In order to attach a dental bridge in the mouth, the abutment teeth must be damaged. The dentist must remove some of the tooth material from the abutment teeth to permit the bridge crowns to fit over the teeth properly. 

If the Extracted Tooth Is Not Replaced, the Teeth May Shift

Once the tooth is no longer in place, the space that is created by its absence provides room for other teeth to shift. The shifting is a gradual process, but over time, the remaining teeth may become misaligned. The dental misalignment can affect the patient's bite pattern and their ability to chew properly.

The Missing Tooth May Cause the Jawbone to Atrophy

The jawbone may atrophy at the site of the missing tooth. The bone requires regular stimulation from the roots of the existing teeth to produce enough bone cells to maintain its girth. As the jawbone atrophies, the soft tissues of the face may have too little support, resulting in a sagging, haggard appearance.

Fewer Expenses Are Incurred from Salvaging the Tooth Than from Replacing It

Although an extraction may seem less expensive initially, due to the costs associated with replacing the tooth and correcting any problems from the tooth's absence, the extraction is often the more expensive option.

If you are experiencing problems with a tooth and would like to salvage it, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your local area.