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
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