Should I Get a Tooth Extracted or a Crown Put On?

An extraction is a type of dental procedure that involves the removal of a tooth whether it is a front tooth, molar, etc. Teeth may need to be removed for several different reasons but typically because of decay, infection, or trauma. On the other hand, a “crown” refers to a “cap” for a tooth that helps for the preservation of the natural tooth structure. In some cases, crowns can be used to also help protect a cracked tooth from worsening. If you are exploring the idea of receiving and extraction versus getting a crown, there are some important factors to consider.

1) Extractions are typically a last resort when it comes to treatment. If an extraction can be avoided, this is the best because at the end of the day, you want to keep as many teeth as you can!
2) Extraction and crowns are procedures meant to treat different types of dental problems that take place in the mouth. For example, an extraction would serve as a treatment for an extremely fractured, diseased or decayed tooth when restoration may not be possible or if wisdom teeth need to be removed. Simply, going back to the idea of a crown, these types of scenarios are something that a crown cannot fix.

What to do?

If you are toying with the idea of getting a crown over an extraction, you should strongly consider consulting with a dental professional immediately. Depending on the severity of your diagnosis, this could ultimately dictate what kind of treatment would work best for you. In the even that you have a crack in the tooth and it is savable with a crown, then this would be a scenario where a crown is preferred! However, if you were to have a crack that split deep into the root of the tooth and the tooth isn’t savable an extraction may be your only option.

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At Moore Family Dentistry, we want our patients to be informed about the type of treatment options that we have available! We offer services from fillings to extractions. If you think you have a dental issue going on and would like more information regarding extractions or crowns, please contact us at your earliest convenience! Additionally, if you are looking for a dentist that can consult with you on your dental needs, we want to welcome you as a first time patient at our office.