Removing a Tooth that Can’t Be Saved

Saving a tooth is usually the main goal of restorative dental treatment. Whether it’s filling a cavity or treating an infected root canal, or completely restoring a tooth with a custom-made dental crown, the point is to help you preserve your healthy, natural tooth structure. However, there are some cases in which no restorative treatment will suffice to save your tooth. To preserve the rest of your oral health and avoid the need for increasingly more extensive treatment, we may recommend extracting the tooth and replacing it, instead.

When Tooth Extraction Is Necessary

Tooth extraction may be recommended in extreme cases of certain dental health conditions, such as tooth decay or gum disease. For example, if the tooth is extremely decayed and can’t be saved with root canal treatment, then it could threaten the rest of your oral health unless it is extracted and replaced. If you exhibit severe gum disease, then a tooth may become too loose due to extensive damage to the surrounding gums and jawbone structure. Extracting the tooth and replacing it may be part of restoring your healthy periodontal tissues and smile.

Learn if You Should Extract a Tooth

Extracting a tooth may be the only way to save your smile, though we’ll only recommend it if there are no other options for restoring your tooth. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cain and our team, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN or Portage, IN today at 219-938-2637, or email our office at We proudly serve all of Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.