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Your permanent teeth are intended to last for your entire life, and with proper care your teeth can indeed be enduring.

However, some patients inevitably will encounter some sort of dental trauma that has the potential to reduce the longevity of the teeth. Whether the trauma occurs in the form of an accident or dental disease, it’s important to seek treatment from a dentist to reduce pain and complications.

Depending on the extent of the injury or disease, your dentist may attempt to save the tooth. For example, a root canal followed by a crown can help preserve a tooth that is compromised following a hit to the mouth.

The best case scenario is for the patient to keep the biological tooth, although that may not be possible in all situations.

Although the dentist may intervene to save the tooth in some cases, other patients have such extensive damage from dental trauma that the tooth must be removed.

If the tooth is nearly dislodged from its socket or if decay has progressed to the point that the tooth is structurally compromised, the patient may be better off having the biological tooth removed and exploring tooth replacement options.

Even if a dentist has previously placed a restoration, such as a crown, on a tooth, that restoration may eventually fail and require an extraction.

Deciding whether to save the tooth or have it extracted is truly a personal choice that will be different for each individual patient. Ideally, the patient will have time to consult with a dentist and carefully consider how to proceed.

When faced with emergencies, however, patients often must make decisions quickly. In an urgent situation, make every effort to get care from a dentist you trust so that you can feel comfortable with the recommended treatment plan.

If a dentist is not able to save a tooth, it’s important to begin planning for the tooth’s replacement as soon as possible. Early treatment in such cases may lead to better outcomes.

To learn more about your options, please contact Anderson Dentistry, serving Colleyville TX, to schedule your consultation.