Many of us become very anxious when we think about the idea of needing a tooth extraction. If you can relate to anxiety over this treatment option, then the good news is that there are a variety of other options available to patients who experience dental trauma, such as chipped, missing, or heavily decayed teeth. When it comes down to it, we practice conservative dentistry, which means that if possible, we would rather save your teeth than extract them. Therefore, here are a few alternatives for tooth extractions:
1. Root Canal Treatment
Root canals are the most common alternatives for tooth extractions. A root canal treatment removes the dental pulp, including the nerve of the tooth, while leaving the rest intact. The resulting hollow tube is cleaned, disinfected, filled and sealed to prevent further infections. In the end, root canal treatment can save your tooth and last a lifetime, with its roots receiving nourishment from the surrounding teeth.
2. Dental Implants
Dental implants function and look very similar to your original tooth, making this treatment an excellent alternative to permanently pulling a tooth. The implants themselves are tiny titanium objects placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The jawbone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the new tooth. They are the go-to permanent solution for missing teeth, and they can last a lifetime if cared for properly. In addition to these benefits, dental implants can also help preserve facial structure by preventing bone deterioration that can occur when a tooth is missing. For all of these reasons, dental implants are the recommended option when most patients lose a tooth.
If you have any lingering questions about tooth extraction, root canal treatments, or dental implants or if you would like to schedule a dental exam, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.