Why You Want to Avoid Tooth Extraction
Today, there are many different types of restorative dental procedures that can renew the form and function of your teeth if they need to be removed due to damage or decay. Still, these treatments can be costly and time consuming. Plus, there’s no type of treatment that can fully take the place of your beautiful, natural teeth. That’s why it’s always best to avoid tooth extraction if possible.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can keep your natural teeth in great shape. Today, we’re sharing 5 of the best steps you can take to strengthen your smile from the inside out, so you can prevent permanent damage before it begins.
1. Regular Dental Visits
One of the best ways to optimize your oral health is also the easiest. Simply keep on track with your preventative general dentistry visits! Ideally, these visits should be scheduled every three to six months.
At each appointment, Dr. Tyler will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to make sure they’re healthy and fully functioning. This will include a thorough cleaning and polishing, as well as an oral cancer screening. If he notices any early signs of an issue, he will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Together, you can take the next steps required to minimize any damage that has already occurred and prevent further problems from developing. This includes plans to help treat the following conditions, among others:
- Tooth decay.
- Gum disease.
- Oral cancer.
- Tooth fractures.
- Teeth grinding (bruxism).
If left untreated, these issues could lead to much bigger problems. In time, your tooth could become damaged to the point that an extraction is the only way forward. If you attend regular dental visits, then Dr. Tyler can spot problems in their earliest stages, or even before they begin, so you can start treatment as soon as possible.
2. Tooth Sealants
According to one report, molars are the most commonly extracted type of tooth. This includes the maxillary molars in your upper jaw, as well as the mandibular molars in your bottom jaw. According to researchers, these back teeth are most commonly extracted for the following reasons:
- Periodontal disease.
- Dental caries (cavities).
- Complications from endodontic treatments.
These teeth provide the chewing surface that helps you grind up your food. For this reason, they tend to wear down more quickly. If food is left on or between them, then the sugars and acids that remain will begin to eat away at your enamel. This can make your tooth more vulnerable to decay, and could lead to a cavity. While you can brush and floss those teeth, it can be difficult to make sure you’ve checked every crevice. That’s where tooth sealants come in.
Sealants are thin, protective coatings that Dr. Tyler can paint onto the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. This creates a protective barrier that helps keep decay-causing bacteria at bay.
3. Fluoride Treatments and Varnishes
Another way you can make your teeth more resistant to damaging acids? Consider undergoing a professional fluoride treatment! This powerful mineral offers a safe and effective way to strengthen your enamel and prevent cavities from forming, which in turn, reduces your risk of ever needing an extraction. If Dr. Tyler does notice the early stages of tooth decay, he may recommend a fluoride treatment to stop that damage in its tracks. At our office, we offer both at-home treatments and in-office treatments.
At-home treatments use an easy-to-apply CTx4 tooth gel to give your teeth the healthy dose of nutrients they need. For in-office procedures, we use our CTx2 fluoride varnish.
4. Early Treatment of Any Issues
When it comes to your dental health, time is of the essence. Even if you aren’t in any pain or don’t think you have a toothache, it’s still smart to stay on top of your dentist visits. As mentioned, this gives Dr. Tyler the opportunity to identify and prevent tooth damage before it occurs.
By taking a proactive approach, you can rest assured that any tooth problems you may have will benefit from this early detection. Without early treatment, those issues could become much more serious and significant. Most of the time, tooth extractions are required when decay is left to deepen, or when gingivitis worsens into a severe gum infection known as periodontitis.
If you can catch these issues early, then you can often get your oral health back on track without an extraction. Of course, while preventative dental visits are a must, you can also do your part at home by maintaining good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing twice daily can help prevent dental problems from forming in the first place.
5. Root Canals
Inside your teeth, there’s a soft and sensitive material known as pulp. If you have severe tooth decay, then it can move past your enamel and reach that pulp. Once that happens, it can become irritated, which is extremely painful.
With root canal therapy, your dentist can remove the inflamed or infected pulp, clean and disinfect that space, then refill and seal it to prevent further damage. This is a tooth-saving procedure that can eliminate tooth pain and help you avoid tooth extraction.
Without this treatment, an infected tooth pulp could lead to tooth loss. While your dentist can place a dental implant or bridge in its place, nothing completely mimics the appearance and function of your real, natural teeth. Although you definitely don’t want to leave a gap in that spot, the ideal solution is to simply remove the painful decay and enjoy a rejuvenated, healthier smile.
We can help you avoid tooth extraction.
In some cases, tooth extraction is necessary. This includes instances of severe decay, damage, or trauma. However, many of the problems that lead up to extraction are entirely preventable with the right approach.
Our team at Duvall Dental Center can help you avoid tooth extraction at all costs. Our preventative dentistry services can keep your teeth and gums feeling great and looking their best. Request a free video consultation today to learn more!