Does My Tooth Have to Be Extracted or Can It Be Saved?

Does My Tooth Have to Be Extracted or Can It Be Saved?

Infected and damaged teeth are two of the most common causes of toothaches. While pain relief is your primary goal, you might wonder if a tooth extraction is the only path to relief. Pulling out an infected tooth is sometimes the best path forward, but not always. 

Our expert team here at The Masters Dental Group in San Antonio, Texas, has years of experience when it comes to determining if your tooth can be saved or if it needs an extraction. Below, we shed some light on each option.

Extracting vs. saving: What does it mean?

Enamel 一 the outside covering on your teeth 一 is the strongest material in your body, even stronger than bone! Despite the strength of enamel, it’s not immune to damage. Tooth decay, infections, and trauma can harm your tooth and cause pain. 

An extraction is the planned removal of your tooth from the socket. “Saving a tooth” refers to any number of procedures that restore your tooth to health without removing it. Whether extracting a tooth or saving it, the goal is to address the damage and eliminate your pain. If a crown, filling, or other restorative treatment can’t adequately address the damage, you may benefit from an extraction. 

Can you save your tooth? 

When possible, it’s best to preserve your natural tooth. Depending on the source of your toothache, you have a variety of treatment options available to you, including:

Having a root canal often spells the difference between extracting a tooth and saving it. In fact, the American Association of Endodontists refers to root canals as the “tooth-saving procedure.” 

If your tooth is severely decayed or infected, it can compromise the health of the inside of your tooth. During a root canal, the infected pulp that contains nerves and blood vessels is removed and the inside of your tooth is thoroughly cleaned to eliminate all bacteria. Next, your tooth is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta percha to strengthen your tooth and is then sealed. Finally, a crown protects your tooth. 

Saving your natural tooth supports your oral health in many ways because:

Your chances of saving your tooth are better when you seek dental intervention at the first sign of trouble. 

Do you need an extraction?

Despite technological advances, saving a tooth isn’t always possible. Some circumstances warrant an extraction. For example, if your tooth is severely cracked in multiple places or the crack extends below your gum line, it may not be possible to save it.

At The Masters Dental Group, we specialize in minimally invasive atraumatic extractions. An atraumatic extraction preserves the maximum amount of jawbone, decreases the risk of root fracture, and maintains your bone plate. 

While the thought of getting a tooth pulled isn’t ideal, local anesthetic combined with our atraumatic extraction techniques leads to a more comfortable experience. We also provide sedation dentistry services to help ease your jitters.

Gaps caused by missing teeth can lead to shifting teeth and bone atrophy, but with an atraumatic extraction, you don’t have to settle with those consequences. Thanks to the maximum bone preservation of this type of extraction, we can place a dental implant at the same appointment. 

Should you save your tooth or pull it?

The decision to save or pull a tooth isn’t taken lightly. There are advantages to both options, but the ultimate decision depends on the type of injury you have, the extent of the infection, and your personal preferences. 

Don’t suffer in silence with a toothache. Whether you need an extraction or other restorative services, The Masters Dental Group team is on a mission to help you regain the functionality of your mouth. Schedule your appointment today by calling our office at 210-349-4424.

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