There are a number of things that dentists can do to help restore your teeth to health. If you are dealing with damage, injury, or decay you may have options. However, there are times when a tooth or multiple teeth are simply beyond repair. In those situations, the only option is to pull the tooth and move on to tooth replacement options. If you have a tooth that is damaged or has decay, the first step in the process is to determine if your tooth can be saved. If it cannot be saved, the next step is to explore options for tooth replacement. Your dentist can help you with each step of this process.
Options for saving a damaged tooth
Your tooth can become damaged due to injury, decay, or lifestyle choices like smoking. In the event of an injury, quick action is one of the most important factors in saving your tooth. If you ever have an experience where your tooth gets knocked loose or completely knocked out, get to your dentist as soon as possible. There are parts of your teeth that are living which means they can die. Getting to your dentists for emergency dental care after an injury can make all the difference when it comes to saving your tooth. Decay and damage from lifestyle choices can build up over time and put you at risk for tooth loss. Decay can eat away at your tooth and you can also experience infections inside your tooth and in your gums under and around the tooth. In some situations, the tooth can be saved by filling the cavity or treating the infection with a root canal. The key part of saving your tooth – no matter what caused the damage – is to get the help of your dentist.
Options for tooth replacement
If you do end up losing one or more teeth you will need to explore replacement options such as bridges, dentures, and implants. Bridges and dentures are both removable options that can provide you with the functionality you need to get back to your normal life. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. The implants are placed into your jawbone and the two eventually fuse together to create a strong replacement root. This new root helps prevent the bone loss that is common with tooth loss. Each of these three tooth replacement options can help you get back the function you lost when you lost the tooth. The right choice for you will depend on the specifics of your situation.
There is no way to determine on your own if your tooth can be saved or if it needs to be removed. You need the help of your dentist to make that determination. If you have an injury, get to your dentist as quickly as possible to get help for your tooth. Other types of damage may not require an emergency dental visit but it is still important to get help right away. The sooner you address the issues that are putting your tooth at risk, the more likely you will be able to save it.