If you have a toothache or a cavity, pulling the tooth may sometimes seem like your best option. After all, extractions provide fast relief, are inexpensive, and you can deal with the problem later on when you have more time. Right? Not exactly. Here are 3 reasons why it may be in your best option to not have your tooth pulled:
It’s Better to Preserve Your Natural Tooth
If a tooth can be repaired, it’s best to try to retain it. After all, there’s nothing quite like having the integrity of a natural tooth. Repairing a damaged area right now with a crown is a better option than pulling the tooth and getting a bridge later.
Missing Teeth Impact Your Entire Bite
Pulling just one tooth can cause other teeth to shift out of place – even teeth in the opposing arch! If you’ve invested in braces in the past, or have a relatively straight smile, this can create a nightmare. Each tooth plays an important role in the placement and alignment of other teeth in the mouth. One extra space can create a chain reaction of shifting throughout your entire smile.
It Costs More Money Over Time
While an extraction may seem like your cheapest option, you need to step back and look at the big picture. How do you plan to replace the tooth in the future? It is typically more cost effective to fix the tooth and extend its lifespan.
If cost of care is a concern, ask your dentist about financing options that may be available. In most cases, treating your toothache sooner will be more cost effective and affordable for your future smile.
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but for many adults that is not the case. Losing teeth as children is as natural as a baby crying, but for adults tooth loss is not a wanted occurrence. There are a number of reasons why dental extractions are necessary. If a tooth extraction is necessary for you, don’t put it off. Your entire health is affected by your dental hygiene.
Many times dentists will extract teeth in order to prepare for orthodontic treatment. The goal of orthodontia is to properly align teeth, which may not be achievable if teeth are too big for your mouth or there is simply not room for all of your teeth to erupt through your gum line.
If your tooth has been damaged and has tooth decay that has reached the center of your tooth, it will typically be extracted. The normal forming bacteria in yoru mouth will bond to decayed tooth enamel and will fester and spread in your mouth. Without extraction, the tooth decay can spread to the surrounding teeth.
Dentists and oral surgeons perform teeth extractions. An injection will be given to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth removed, a stronger anesthetic will be used to prevent pain throughout the extraction process.
Dental extractions in children are typically performed to make way for permanent teeth. In adults there is usually an underlying health concern. Talk with your dentist about what can be done after the extraction to recreate your full smile. Dental extractions may be necessary for you, but do not need to mean that your smile is put into hiding. Trust your dentist to know what is best for you, and talk about your desires for after your extraction.
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
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