So, you neglected to have a cavity filing when you needed it and now your tooth is worse than ever? Once decay reaches the root of a tooth (or close to it), just a filling is no longer an option and you typically need either a root canal or an extraction followed by an implant. While your dentist will help you make this difficult decision, here are three tips to keep in mind when contemplating what to do.
1. Dentists Recommend Keeping a Natural Tooth when at All Possible
While at first it may sound so much easier to have the tooth extracted and replaced with a decay-proof, stain-proof dental implant, even with today's advanced dental implant technology, most dentists agree that when a natural tooth can be saved, it is better for the patient in the long run.
So, if you are thinking of just having the tooth yanked and replaced, your dentist will likely only agree with your decision if repairing your tooth into a healthy state will be close to impossible.
Yes, a dental implant cannot develop future cavities, but once you have your natural tooth repaired, good dental hygiene can keep it cavity-free as well.
2. Cost is Typically Less to Repair Even a Badly Damaged Tooth
If your tooth is in really bad shape, you may suspect that the work required to save it will end up costing just as much, if not more, than getting a dental implant would cost. Don't be so sure about that, because even when extensive periodontal surgery is required to save a tooth, the final cost can be considerably less than getting a dental implant.
Every situation differs and all dental experts have differing fees, but getting a dental implant when a tooth can be saved will typically cost you more in the end.
3. Know when Extraction and Implantation is the Only Option
All other considerations aside, there are times when extracting a tooth is the only option if it has damage that is simply not repairable or attempted repair would be likely to fail.
A tooth cannot be saved when the root is cracked below the gumline, the tooth nerve is dead or dying, or it has not only extensive decay, but it is also extremely loose due to gum disease. However, if you have a tooth extracted due to gum disease, you cannot get an implant until your gum health has improved.
Other instances when your dentist may recommend extraction include when several past root canals have failed or there will be too little natural tooth structure after removing decay to support a crown.
If you have a bad tooth, then your dentist can help you decide whether to repair or extract it and replace it with an implant. These tips can help you understand why one option is a better decision than the other for you.
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