If you are thinking about having one of your teeth removed,its always important to consider your options afterwards so you are not left with an unsightly gap.
But first lets reverse it a bit. Does your tooth or teeth really need to be extracted? If you are in a lot of pain or a tooth keeps giving you problems, you may be more inclined to opt for a dental extraction.
At our practice, we are big advocates for protecting our patients teeth for as long as possible, ensuring you can enjoy your natural teeth for a good long time. Its no lie, your natural teeth are the best set you will ever have. Advances in modern dentistry has meant that dental restorations are getting better and more natural, but they will always be considered a foreign body when compared to our natural teeth.
Preventative dentistry is all about looking after your teeth, gums and mouth in between your regular dental check ups to increase the chances of keeping your teeth for longer (as a rule of thumb, a good oral hygiene habit limits the build up of bacteria).
We love your natural teeth and will never extract a healthy tooth. We will always endeavor to save your teeth in the first instance. In some cases, you may require a root canal to clean out the bacteria from the root of your teeth. When a cavity appears in your tooth, it allows food debris and bacteria to enter the tooth, which can then lead to tooth pain. The longer the bacteria is left in the tooth, the more damage it can do, which may mean we are unable to save the tooth.
A good tip we always like to tell our patients is that pain is not the first sign of a problem, and it quite often means your dental problem has progressed. Responding to pain is often a reactive approach to your dental health. To be proactive, going to regular dental visits (when your not in pain) will enable us to keep an eye on the health of your teeth and spot any cavities before the pain starts to kick in.
In the worst case scenario we are unable to save your tooth/teeth and a dental extraction is the recommended solution, we will always talk with you about your options after having your tooth/teeth removed.
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Its important to consider your options before you have your teeth removed, so you are not left with an unsightly gap. Another important factor is the effect of what a missing teeth has on your mouth. When we lose teeth, we suffer from what is known as bone resorption. This is when the bone fades away because of the missing tooth/teeth. Over time this can lead to further bone loss, leading to more teeth being lost or making your once well fitted denture feel loose. Dental implants (offered at our sister practice) is often considered the gold standard in tooth replacement as the implant itself can promote healthy bone regeneration to stabilise the afflicted region.
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The first step to find out if we can save your tooth is to book a dental assessment. Call us today and become a member of our ever growing dental family.