Remove & Replace to Revive Your Smile
It would be wonderful if everyone got to keep all their natural teeth for their entire lives.
In the real world, teeth get cavities. Teeth crack, and teeth break. Any of those things can lead to a tooth infection, which may mean you need to have a tooth or teeth removed.
If that should ever happen to you, we strongly recommend that you take steps to replace that tooth in most cases. Thankfully, you can get tooth extractions and replacements at our Snellville, GA dentist office. Likewise, you should act as soon as possible to replace a tooth that has been knocked out or has fallen out.
At Parkway Dental, we want you to restore the appearance of your smile as well as the function of your missing teeth.
The first step is scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors. Call us today at (770) 676-1122!
Getting Rid of the Problem
Bacteria live in your mouth. This probably isn’t something you spend much time thinking about, but they are also the cause of a variety of oral health problems.
If bacteria have the opportunity, they will form plaque. This will keep them close to your tooth, where they can begin to eat into your enamel. This is the tooth decay that can lead to cavities. If the decay is removed and filled, bacteria can eat through the enamel and the softer layer of dentin underneath. Eventually, they can reach the pulp (a soft connective tissue at the center of a tooth).
This can cause the kind of painful infection that may require a root canal. In bad cases, the only fix may be a tooth extraction.
Accidents can cause teeth to crack or break. This too can expose the inner layers of a tooth to bacteria, leading to an infection. At the same time, an injury can weaken the tooth to a point where it becomes painful to bite or chew with that particular tooth. Again, tooth removal may be necessary to avoid bigger problems.
Filling the Gap
Leaving an empty space in your smile is not a good idea, either.
Regardless of the reason you are missing a tooth or teeth, having an empty space in your smile can allow more problems to develop. First, your teeth can begin to “drift.” This can alter your bite and cause more changes to the appearance of your smile.
Meanwhile, below your gumline, your jawbone will start losing bone density. This is because you no longer have a root in that part of your jaw to provide the stimulation needed to continue making new bone tissue.
By replacing your missing tooth or teeth, you can prevent these issues from making your oral health issues even worse.
One option is to get a dental bridge. A bridge is bonded to the teeth on each side of the gap in your mouth. It closes the gap to give you a complete smile and the ability to eat comfortably once again.
Another option to place a dental implant or mini implant in your jaw. With your implant in place, we can attach a dental crown to replace your extracted tooth. The implant provides an added benefit as well. By replacing the root of your tooth, it will encourage your jaw to keep making new tissue. This can keep your jaw healthy as well.
A tooth infection can be painful. It can affect your ability to focus on everyday activities, and it can force you to change your eating habits. Removing the tooth may be necessary, but a missing tooth can lead to additional problems if it isn’t replaced.