When decay, trauma, or infection affect a tooth, your dentist will always attempt to save it before recommending an extraction. However, there are cases that become too severe to address without removing the affected teeth. Extracting decayed, infected, or damaged teeth can protect other areas of your smile. For example, if tooth decay has led to periodontal issues, removing the source of infection can allow your gums to heal.
If most or all of your teeth need to be removed, you have several options, including dental implants and conventional dentures. For patients who are facing extractions, Dr. Kofford will typically recommend receiving dental implants as soon as possible. Replacement teeth supported by implants offer a wide variety of benefits compared to traditional restorations, including enhanced stability and improved jaw health.