Should I Pull My Tooth or Save It?

blog-featured-image-save-or-pull-tooth You’ve been suffering from a severe toothache for some time now and it’s clear that something is wrong. Whether the tooth is infected or diseased, pulling it out may seem like the best solution, but is it? Contrary to belief, saving your natural teeth can have many benefits. To help you make an educated decision, we’ve listed some of the benefits of keeping your natural teeth and how to tell it’s time to have them pulled.

Benefits of Saving Your Tooth

  • Natural Teeth are Stronger – Compared to artificial teeth, natural teeth are stronger, function better, and are easier to care for. 
  • No Shifting of the Teeth – Pulling teeth creates gaps in your smile that are often closed by the shifting of the teeth. Over time, these shifts can cause a variety of oral issues, including problems with chewing or a misaligned bite.
  • Maintain Your Youthful Looks – Teeth that are pulled from the root create gaps in the bone which make people appear older than they really are. Keeping your tooth could save you from aging too quickly.
  • Maintain Your Confidence – Gaps in your teeth due to tooth pulling can negatively affect your self-confidence if it can easily be seen. 
  • Fewer Visits to the Dentist – After Dr. Oreoluwa Adegun pulls a tooth, he may also recommend a crown, implant bridge, or other dental devices to prevent the rest of the teeth from shifting. This requires more visits to our office and more money to be spent.

How to Save a Tooth

Tooth decay and infections are valid reasons to want to get rid of a problematic tooth, but it is not the only option. Root canals serve as a great way to save a tooth and reduce pain. The process involves cleaning the inside of the tooth to remove infected or inflamed interior pulp and filling the tooth with a substance for strength. It is then protected by a crown to make sure it functions the same as any other tooth. 

When to Have a Tooth Extracted

In some cases, when a tooth cannot be saved, it will have to be extracted. Extraction may be necessary if the tooth is too weak to be restored or cracked below the gum line or in multiple places. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Adegun first to determine if this is the best option for you first. Your smile is our priority.

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