When people see their dentist for a toothache, the biggest concern is just getting the pain to go away. Most of the time severe toothaches are due to advanced decay, dental abscesses or fractured teeth. In these cases root canal therapy is most often recommended.
Gone are the days of simply pulling a tooth when it causes you pain. However, this is still what many people have in mind when they have a severe toothache. A large percentage of people still ask to have the tooth extracted, even when treatment exists that can extend the life of the tooth.
Why is pulling the tooth such a problem and why are dentists against teeth extractions as the primary treatment option? The answer is because the rest of your mouth will suffer the effects of the missing tooth. Losing a tooth will cause the other teeth throughout the entire mouth to shift and move in order to compromise for this loss. Even if it is only a fraction of a hair, this movement can create areas that become spots that pack food after every meal, or severe enough that teeth begin to tilt sideways into the now open space. Opposing teeth in the opposite jaw frequently begin to erupt farther out of their socket in an effort to find something to bite against, but there is no longer a tooth there as its biting partner.
There is nothing as good as a natural tooth, so your dentist will do everything possible to save the health of the tooth and restore it to where it can withstand normal functioning. Extractions are the last attempt, and lead to the need to discuss tooth replacement options such as dental implants.
Posted on behalf of Muccioli Dental
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