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Will My Tooth Need to Be Pulled?

A white tooth next to a special dental mirror on a blue background at the dentist in San Antonio, TX

If you’re suffering from severe tooth pain, you may worry that your only option to eliminate the pain is to get your tooth pulled. At South Texas Smiles, we optimize your treatment plan to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. In this blog post, we’ll go over when to decide if it’s best to save your tooth or get it pulled.

Benefits of Saving Your Natural Teeth & Roots

Healthy natural teeth are stronger than synthetic ones. Even though there are great tooth replacement options available, such as dental implants or dentures, there is certainly nothing that tops the strength and function of an intact natural tooth with a strong root. Its root keeps your tooth firmly anchored and helps preserve the integrity and structure of your jawbone and facial structure.

Having a missing tooth can make you look older than you are. Plus, a gap left by a missing tooth can cause neighboring teeth to shift and become crooked over time. A missing tooth can reduce your confidence in your smile and your desire to participate socially.

When You May Need a Tooth Pulled

Some levels of tooth decay can be resolved with improved oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and fillings. Infection and pain may be treated with antibiotics and root canal therapy. In these situations, a tooth can be saved, though it may need to be strengthened with a dental crown.

A tooth severely affected by decay, infection, and/or trauma may need to be extracted for the health of your jaw, gums, and other teeth. Problematic wisdom teeth often need to be removed before they cause damage to neighboring teeth, an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease, pain, cysts, and more.

Your Caring Dentist in San Antonio, TX

If we do recommend you get your tooth pulled, our team at South Texas Smiles will be here for you every step of the way. We can also help you determine the right tooth replacement solution for your specific needs and your budget. We take a gentle and holistic approach to our comprehensive dental services. We’d love to care for your oral health! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Texas Dental Association
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Ana Maldonado, DMD

10007 Huebner Rd., Ste. 103 D
San Antonio, TX 78240

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