“I don’t want a tooth extraction!” – a sentence us dentists hear all the time. Many patients are apprehensive about having a tooth extraction – and for good reason! If we take a tooth out we usually need to figure out a way to fill the space so you can look good, chew well, and have comfortable teeth. Replacing a tooth after a tooth extraction can be tricky – so it is usually a big priority to hold onto natural teeth.
Believe it (or not) dentist’s spend most of their careers trying to NOT take out teeth – I spend alot of time trying to fix broken teeth to keep them in the mouth. We avoid tooth extraction wherever possible – nothing beats natural!
But when a tooth is broken or sore, we first might try to fix it with a restoration (filling) or crown. Even if the nerve has died or an abscess had formed – there are treatments possible that might save the tooth!
Unfortunately – sometimes a tooth is SO broken down that we run out of options to save your tooth – meaning you need the dreaded tooth extraction.