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Pull Your Tooth or Save It? Which is Best?

Pull Your Tooth or Save It? Which is Best?

Natural teeth are stronger. Natural teeth are stronger, function better than artificial ones , and are easier to care for. While technology and materials are better than ever , fabricated teeth still don’t have the same toughness that natural teeth do .

Avoid shifting of teeth. When a tooth is pulled, it creates a gap in your smile, permitting the surrounding teeth to shift .

This moving takes time and can ultimately cause problems with chewing and bite alignment. These problems can create a domino effect of pain, poor nutrition, and decreased quality of life .

Maintain your youthful look

When teeth are pulled, the roots that support the jaw are pulled as well. When there is a gap in the bone, the surrounding bone will breakdown in often making people appear older than they are.

No loss of confidence

If the tooth to be pulled is visible when you smile , the resulting gap can have a negative effect on your self-confidence. Time and again we see patients who have lost their happy smile because they are ashamed about their teeth .

Less pain. After a tooth is pulled, most patients report several more days of pain, especially if they experience dry socket. When the tooth remains in place through a root canal, the pain is addressed immediately when the infection is eliminated, and there is no chance of dry socket.
Fewer visits to the dentist. After a tooth has been pulled, a dentist may consider a crown, implant, bridge or other dental device to eliminate the problem of shifting teeth. This can mean more dental visits, more expense, and sometimes more pain.
Fewer costs.  While you may think that pulling a tooth is cheaper than fixing it, the truth is that replacing the tooth costs more time and money. And choosing to not replace it will likely have physical and emotional costs.

Pull Your Tooth or Save It: How to Save a Tooth

There are many compelling reasons to hang on to your natural teeth for as long as you can. But decay and infection can make that a challenge and force you to decide to pull your tooth or save it. The answer is usually a root canal, a procedure where the inside of a tooth is cleaned and disinfected to remove the inflamed or infected interior pulp. Once the interior of the tooth is clean, the natural tooth is filled with a substance for strength and protected or restored with a crown, making it function again like any other tooth. Not only do you save your natural tooth, a root canal eliminates the pain and the recovery time is very brief.

Pull Your Tooth or Save It: When to Have it Extracted

While it is always preferable to save a tooth, there are times when extraction is a better option. When a tooth is cracked, especially if it is cracked below the gumline, or in several places, an extraction may be required.  If the tooth is too weak to be restored, it may also be best to have it  pulled.

If your dentist is suggesting an extraction, ask if a root canal can be done instead. Having this discussion with your dentist is important to help answer the question, pull your tooth or save it? Want a second opinion or need to see a dentist about a painful tooth? Find a PERFECT TEETH dental office in Lake Forest and Foothills Ranch today by calling (949) 273-8220 for more information.