Pull It or Fix It: What to Do About a Bad Tooth?

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If you're in pain or your tooth is starting to crumble, you need to see a dentist. It doesn't necessarily mean losing teeth, as there are options available. It's important to know all your options, which is what you'll learn right now.

Can Your Tooth Be Fixed?

Dentists will usually try to fix the tooth rather than extract it at first. This is less painful and will require fewer follow-up appointments, as long as you look after your teeth afterwards. Many patients say that the most painful part is receiving the numbing agent! There is sometimes discomfort afterwards, but once you're used to the shape of your filling or crown, you will find that it's just like before the problem arose.

A root canal is one of the most common types of repair treatments. In fact, 76% of people asked in a survey from the American Association of Endodontists stated that they would prefer a root canal over tooth extraction. Most appointments are out-patient treatments requiring no surgery and quick recovery periods, so you'll be back to work in no time.

When Does the Tooth Need to Be Pulled?

Tooth extraction is usually a last resort, but it will sometimes be the only viable option for the dentist. This is usually the case when the damage is beyond repair or if the repair fails. If the tooth continues to decay or crumble, it needs to be removed to protect the gums and jaw from infection, disease, and damage.

Bad teeth aren't the only ones that need to be pulled. If the mouth is overcrowded, a cosmetic dentist may choose to pull a few good teeth to help straighten the smile. This is especially the case when braces are being applied. Braces will help to straighten the look of the teeth, ensuring all teeth support each other.

Gum disease can also require the need for tooth extraction. The jaw is unable to support your tooth, which could lead to it falling out anyway. At least with extraction, the dentist can make sure the whole tooth is removed and help ensure your gums heal properly for the next stage of recovery.

When a tooth is pulled, you'll need to consider false teeth options, including dentures and implants. A cosmetic dentist will go through all your options with you, recommending those that you are a good candidate for. Gaps between the teeth affect the stability of the rest of the teeth. The false teeth will add that structure back into the mouth.

You will have some choice over whether the dentist pulls or fixes your teeth, but in the end the decision will be based on the method the dentist is most comfortable with performing. Discuss all your options, especially if you're worried about the cost or recovery associated with extraction.


29 November 2016

Dental Care and Seniors: Helping to Maintain Your Smile

As you age, it can become harder to take care of your teeth. Motor challenges can make it hard to floss, while memory issues may make it easy to overlook brushing. Whether you are a senior looking for solutions to some of the common dental problems or a senior with specific questions about cavities or oral surgery, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I am going to touch on a range of topics related to seniors and oral health. This is the type of resource I wish my mum would have had access to in her senior years, and I hope you enjoy having access to it during yours. I appreciate you reading my posts.