If You Need A Tooth Removed, Ask About Replacing It, Too
A vast majority of the time, your dentist wants you to keep your teeth. Even so, tooth removal can be better for your long-term oral health in some circumstances.
Our team at Parkway Dental will do everything we can to save your teeth if possible. If we can’t, we also can perform your tooth extraction in our dentist office in Snellville, GA.
To preserve your smile, we may recommend tooth replacement as well. With a dental crown and a dental implant, you can have a complete tooth replacement that looks and acts like a natural tooth.
Why Teeth Need To Be Removed
Our dentists may recommend tooth removal for multiple reasons.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious damage to neighboring teeth, increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, and affect the alignment of your smile. Crowding can sometimes be solved by removing a tooth or two before orthodontic care begins.
Those are instances when tooth removal is the primary solution to a problem.
At other times, removing a tooth is the first step in fixing your smile.
Let’s say you were offered a piece of hard candy by a friend. You thanked him and bit into it. You didn’t realize it at the time, but you put a small crack in your tooth. Over the next few days, you ate more things — peanuts and popcorn (with a few unpopped kernels — that made the crack get bigger.
Weeks later, you finished a soft drink but your thirst wasn’t quite satisfied. So you took a piece of ice and bit into it.
That was the last straw. Your crack got deep enough that the pain started. It seemed to come out of nowhere, and it was unbearable.
Depending on how severe the damage is and how deep the crack goes, our dentists in Snellville, GA, may be able to save the tooth with a root canal treatment.
If the damage is too great, a tooth extraction may be needed.
Tooth decay when left untreated can weaken a tooth until it can no longer service its function. Our hope is that you will come to see us for a dental filling, dental crown, or root canal before your tooth gets to this point. Nevertheless, it is possible for a tooth to become so decayed that it can’t be saved.
If one of your teeth is causing you pain or is causing problems, call Parkway Dental for an appointment (770) 676-1122. Our dentists can determine if your tooth can be saved or needs to be removed.
Why We Recommend Teeth Replacements
There are exceptions. Wisdom teeth and teeth removed to alleviate crowding are examples when teeth don’t need to be replaced.
However, when teeth fall out, get knocked out, or are removed for reasons mentioned earlier (severe damage or decay). Losing teeth can lead to other problems if they aren’t replaced.
Your teeth can “drift” in your mouth. If you have a gap in your smile, the neighboring teeth can shift into that space. That can affect your smile and your ability to bite and chew food.
A missing tooth also can lead to bone loss. The roots of your teeth help to keep your jawbone healthy. When you bite and chew, the roots push into the jawbone. The bone responds to that pressure by creating new tissue to replace older tissue.
Even a single missing tooth can cause bone loss, and that can lead to losing more teeth.
An effective tooth replacement can fill the gap and encourage new bone tissue growth. At Parkway Dental, we can do this by placing a dental implant in your jaw then attaching a dental crown to the implant.
Together, the implant and crown form a complete tooth replacement both from a functional and a cosmetic point of view.
If you should need a tooth removed, we can discuss tooth replacement options as well. When appropriate, we would be happy to do both procedures for you at our dentist office in Snellville, GA.
Save Your Smile
Our hope is that you will keep all of your teeth for life. If something should happen, however, you can rest assured that the Parkway Dental staff is ready to help.
To make an appointment with us, just contact us online or call (770) 676-1122.