Often patients sit in my dental chair and have no idea a tooth is in danger because the area is not throbbing or in pain. However, there are many symptoms that can manifest when a tooth is in trouble; and the signs do not always resemble a traditional toothache. Important indicators of a problem can be: gum recession, exposed roots, spontaneous gum bleeding, heat sensitivity, bleeding or pain when brushing or flossing, puffy gums, cold sensitivity, a pimple on the gum, oozing from the gum tissue, jaw swelling, gum redness, appearance of a black hole in tooth, jaw pain, gum sensitivity, loose teeth, food frequently stuck in gums, sore teeth or gums. Experiencing any of these symptoms could be an indication that there is an underlying oral condition and warrants a trip to trusted dental provider.
There are many contributors that lead to oral complications and concerns. Common ailments that lead to dental issues are tooth decay, acute and chronic inflammation, periodontal disease, systemic acidity, bacterial infestation, and excessive forces that break or damage teeth and restorations. The good news is that with advances in technology, most problematic teeth can be saved; and for less money than what replacement options like implants and bridges would cost!
Dentistry is beginning to migrate away from removing problematic teeth and bone. New and innovative methods are being used to restore deteriorating areas of the mouth; allowing patients to keep natural teeth and roots. There are only a few circumstances where an extraction needs to be performed. The presence of a vertical root fracture which is a crack or defect that runs down the root usually results in an extraction. This is because the body rejects the fractured tooth and eats supporting bone, resulting in an infection that makes the tooth and root unusable. When an individual has developed severe periodontal gum disease, the tooth is usually removed because the bone has been destroyed, leaving the root without necessary support. Chronic tooth infections that have gone untreated can destroy surrounding supportive bone, leading to an extraction. Lastly, severely broken crowns can often leave teeth unrestorable, resulting in removal.
In most other situations, patients could potentially be a good candidate to save teeth through regenerative techniques. In a multi-rooted tooth, with only one compromised root, a surgery can be performed to only remove the damaged area, preserving the rest of the tooth. Infected teeth can receive a root canal to remove the affected area, allowing the tooth to heal. If bone loss has occurred, bone products and special membranes can be placed to promote tissue healing and re-grow bone in deficient areas. Grafting can also be used to aid in regenerating gum tissue, helping to cover and protect exposed roots. There are many other procedures being used to preserve natural teeth and roots, ask your trusted dentist what options may be available to you.
The best advice I can give to those that have been told a tooth needs to be extracted is to be quick to treat, but slow to remove savable teeth! Just because the issue is perceived as a serious problem, does not mean extraction is the best option for you. Do your research and get a second opinion if need be. With so many advancements available to preserve your smile, saving your natural tooth may be the easiest and most economical choice for you!
Dentistry has come a long way and has made great strides to developing efficient tooth replacement alternatives. However, it has always been my strong opinion that nothing available is equal to the function of natural teeth, especially when it comes to the sensation of chewing. That is why trying to save your own teeth is not only the most cost-effective choice, but the most comfortable choice for you long term. Be sure to explore options, seek consultation from a trusted dentist, and don’t be quick to give natural teeth up! Take comfort in knowing that even if your tooth is not savable, implants, crowns, and artificial teeth will still be a great option to create a beautiful smile and allow you to eat the foods you love. At Pro Solutions Dental Group, Drs. Jason Campbell and Rick Farnsworth would love to consult with you and discuss your options for saving teeth. We are happy to give you a second opinion and help you find a solution that will be long-lasting, economical, and give you a healthy and attractive smile! We are always taking new patients, emergencies, and are open on Friday! Call us today to make an appointment at: 928-776-1208.
Interested in learning more about saving your tooth with regenerative dentistry? Join Pro Solutions Dental Group for a FREE presentation on Thursday April 11, 2019! Time: 6:00pm. Light Appetizers begin at 5:30pm. Location: Prescott Lakes Club House in the Falls Room Address: 315 E. Smoketree Lane Prescott, AZ. Eligible Attendees will receive a FREE certificate for a consultation and 3D Imaging scan! Feel free to bring any questions you have and invite family friends! RSVP: 928-776-1208! We will see you there!