Whether it’s from an accident, an illness, or an oral health-related problem, having a damaged, weakened, or loose tooth can be very distressing. Not only is it likely to be painful, but it also may affect how you eat, drink, and appear to others. Many of us take our teeth for granted until one or more of them needs immediate attention, and it can be difficult to decide what to do when a tooth is in bad shape.
If you’re torn between having a damaged tooth pulled or saved, consider these facts:
There are many ways to save a damaged tooth.
Dentistry has advanced far in recent decades, and teeth that may have been pulled in the past can now be reliably saved with measures like root canals, fillings, bonding, crowns, and more. Every situation is unique, and our dentists can help you decide on the right plan for your tooth.
Interventions mean keeping YOUR tooth for years to come.
Although replacing damaged teeth is more natural than ever, many patients like the idea of being able to keep their teeth, even when they’re damaged. You’ve had your teeth for many years, so why get rid of one if you don’t have to?
A severely damaged tooth may require extraction.
Sometimes, the decision is made for you based on the level of damage to your tooth. A tooth that’s cracked below the gumline or damaged in multiple places may be unsalvageable and need to be pulled.
A pulled tooth can be replaced with a dental implant.
If your tooth must be extracted due to damage or disease, you don’t have to live with a gap in your smile forever. Dental implants are a great permanent option to replace missing teeth, and they provide full functionality for eating and speaking in addition to looking and feeling just like real teeth.
Our Dental Experts Are Here to Help
Making the decision to pull or save a damaged or broken tooth isn’t easy. Both have their own pros and cons, and it’s not a decision you should make on your own. At 101st Adult Dentistry, we can examine your tooth, explain your options, and ensure that your smile is complete and well-protected moving forward.
Request a dental appointment today—it’s our goal to help you love your smile!