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May
7

To Extract, or Not to Extract?

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Toothaches and pain can be one of the most uncomfortable experiences a person could ever have. Often, those people are in such discomfort that they simply want the tooth extracted as soon as possible, giving them alleviation of their pain. Other people request to have teeth extracted instead of having restorative treatment done because they believe it will be more affordable to do so. When you’re thinking about whether or not to have a tooth extracted, there are a few things to consider:

What tooth replacement option do you have planned?

That’s right, you’re going to need to replace that tooth. After all, it holds other teeth into place and bites against other teeth in the mouth. If it’s not there, the rest of your smile will begin shifting out of place, causing gaps between the teeth that collect food, and predispose them to gum disease. Replacing the tooth with a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture will prevent the other teeth from shifting out of place.

What alternatives do you have?

Does your dentist recommend a crown or root canal to help save the tooth? Although it may seem like a larger initial investment, it can save you time, discomfort, and money later on. There’s nothing quite like having a natural tooth, and teeth should be preserved when at all possible. Replacement treatments over the span of your lifetime may cost more in the long run than it is to restore the tooth that is already in place.

Ask your dentist what he or she would do if it was their own mouth. Most dentists can help you alleviate pain very quickly so that you have time to clear your mind and make the best choice.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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Oct
23

Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Missing teeth can cause individuals to feel self conscious, especially if the missing teeth are visible when the person smiles.  In addition, missing teeth can cause speech issues and can impact the way the individual chews their food.  Dental implants are an excellent option for those that are missing teeth as a result of an accident or disease.  In general dental implants consist of a “post” and the actual replacement tooth.  In addition to being highly effective in replacing teeth, they are also affordable!

During an initial exam, the dentist will perform a detailed dental exam and discuss the patient’s overall health.  The purpose of this is to determine the patient’s overall dental health, as well as to rule out any medical conditions that may rule out the patient being able to get dental implants.  In general almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but the dentist needs to make sure that everything is ok before proceeding.

Assuming that everything is suitable, a follow up appointment will be made where the dentist will install one of several different types of “posts” into gum.  Once the “post” is healed, the next step is to create a mold, which will be used to create the actual tooth being replaced.  In general, the mold is sent to a dental lab, where they will create the tooth out of several available materials.  Once complete, the dentist will then verify that the actual replacement tooth is not causing any bite issues and is fitting properly.  Occasionally, they will need to make small adjustments until the fit of the replacement tooth is perfect.  Once everything is perfect, the tooth is then permanently attached to the “post” and the dental implant is complete!

Posted on behalf of Dr. John Carey, North Metro Oral & Implant Surgery

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