Alternatives of Extracting a Single Tooth
Sometimes a tooth can be saved by performing root canal therapy and placing
a crown. Other times, there is no suitable alternative to extraction. Your
tooth may have to be removed.
Delaying treatment is always an alternative, but it is not recommended.
The problem will only worsen over time. If the tooth is decayed, the cavity
will get deeper and move into the nerve. And if the bone around the tooth
is degrading, this condition will also worsen.
When decay has progressed to the point where the tooth has to be removed,
it is crucial to treat the problem as soon as possible. Otherwise, the
infection will spread to other teeth, or worse yet, to the rest of your
body. Jaw infections can even be life-threatening.
Remember, it's important to replace a tooth after it's been extracted. A
missing tooth can set off a chain reaction in your mouth, resulting in many new