Dreading to eat that chocolate bar or dreading to see a dentist because you don’t have to get your teeth removed. This is a question that by far most people are concerned about.
With increasing developments in dentistry, there are multiple ways we can restore a decayed tooth or manage decays in general.
First of all, it is very common to have decayed or broken teeth. But every problem has a solution.
Tooth extraction, as we all know as removal of tooth/teeth is a common dental procedure. But this is definitely an extreme resolution. Tooth extractions are only suggested when:
- There is extreme tooth decay with a risk of developing an infection.
- Infection that can penetrate in the roots of your teeth and gums.
- Teeth overcrowding.
- Trauma or injury.
Tooth extraction is however not an answer to all dental issues; which can be restored easily through other procedures like fillings, crowns and root canals.
Let’s discuss a few known alternatives to tooth extraction which can be longer, time taking but rewarding procedures.
A root canal is a slightly invasive procedure used to restore a damaged or decayed tooth/teeth. The dentist makes his way to the cavity through making a hole (canal) to remove the infected tissue. The root end gap is filled with synthetic materials, restoring the teeth’s natural structure and function. A root canal is less painful and needs comparatively less after care.
As long as the tooth is well connected to the jaw, a root canal is a significantly low risk and highly successful dental procedure.
An apicoectomy, also called root-end surgery, is also one alternative to tooth extraction. To some it might come as something brand new.
This is when a root canal fails at doing its job, or in other terms, is unsuccessful. Apicoectomy is employed when the infection remains to be there after a root canal, causing pain and inflammation. Consider it to be a micro surgical process which exposes the bony area around the end of the tooth.
It involves a surgical opening of the gum tissue that surrounds the affected tooth. The area is monitored professionally and infected areas are cut out and a seal is placed over the end of the root canal. In the end, a few stitches are placed to secure the tissue tight and in place.
In some cases, tooth extraction is a needed and required solution. But there are multiple ways you can restore your existing tooth. Options like dental crowns, dental filling, root canal or apicoectomy are devised to combat a variety of dental issues and concerns.