Getting a tooth pulled is always a treatment of last resort, particularly if the tooth in question can be saved. It might seem easier to just remove a problem tooth, but there are ramifications in doing so. The problem with simply taking a problem tooth out is that losing a tooth risks the health of your other teeth as well as your jawbone.
The Problems With Not Replacing Missing Teeth
When a tooth is missing, your other teeth will start to shift to try to fill in the space left behind. This can cause your bite to be off, and you might start wearing down on your teeth whenever you chew. Shifting teeth can also start to loosen, leading to more missing teeth down the road.
When a tooth is missing, your body no longer sends nutrients to that area of your jawbone. This can cause changes in the bone, including shrinkage.
The best thing to do is to replace a missing tooth with a dental prosthetic, such as a bridge or dental implant. If you look into the price of these restorative dental treatments, you will quickly see that repairing your damaged tooth with a dental crown that will save your tooth, is far less expensive and less invasive than getting a bridge or implant. Find out the right treatment for you by calling our office for a consultation.