Keeping your teeth strong and healthy is a significant concern. It’s why you diligently brush your teeth and make regular dentist appointments. If you fall out of the habit of taking care of your teeth, they can become infected with bacteria. You may experience cavities, gum disease, or other oral health issues related to bacterial infection. When you want to get your teeth back on track, you need to work with your dentist. Restoring your teeth with treatments like fillings and dental crowns can repair your smile. However, sometimes the best thing you can do for your teeth is remove a hazardous tooth.

A Hazardous Tooth Can Become a Liability for Your Other Teeth

Removing a tooth from your mouth may seem contrary to the goal of keeping your teeth strong and healthy, but in some cases, it is the best option. A tooth that is severely damaged by not be able to be repaired by a dental crown. If infection is significant enough, the structural integrity of your tooth can be compromised. Letting this infected tooth stay in your mouth can also increase the chance that infection spreads to other oral tissues. Gum disease can also contribute to this problem. If you suffer from periodontitis, your tooth may become loose and need to be removed.

Having Stable Teeth in Place Fortifies Your Smile

If a tooth becomes a liability, removing it is sometimes the best option. You may wonder why having stable teeth is so important to the rest of your teeth. Your teeth rely on one another for support. Your teeth hold each other in alignment and determine your bite. If your teeth begin to shift, it can alter your bite and create stress and premature wear on some of your teeth. That’s why if you do lose a tooth, you need to replace it.

If You Need a Tooth Extracted, You Have Prosthetic Options for Replacement

Extracting a tooth isn’t the end of your perfect smile. If you do need to remove a tooth, you can replace that tooth with a lifelike dental prosthetic. If you have a series of missing teeth, a dental bridge can be an effective replacement. The bridge is constructed by placing two crowns on the teeth bookending your missing teeth. The crowns will hold your replacement teeth (known as “pontics”) in place. Your dental bridge will be fabricated using measurements of your mouth, so it will fit comfortably alongside your healthy teeth.

Greenhaven Family Dental Offers Extraction and Prosthetic Dentistry

If you do have a compromised tooth that needs to be extracted, Greenhaven can help. Dr. Roberts can evaluate your tooth to determine whether or not extraction is the right choice. Then, Dr. Roberts can also fit you with a customized dental prosthetic to replace your tooth. To schedule a prosthetic consultation appointment, contact Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.