The Pros and Cons You Need to Know
Do you experience pain when you eat ice cream?
Do you have to wait until your dinner “cools” before you can eat?
When you’re in pain, you’ll do just about anything to escape it. When it comes to tooth pain, you might want to pull it. Get rid of the tooth; get rid of the pain. Right? But before you make that decision, let’s consider the alternatives. Is it best to pull a tooth or save it?
6 Things to Consider When Deciding Whether to Pull a Tooth or Save It
- Natural teeth are sturdier than artificial teeth. Not only are natural teeth stronger but they also function better than man-made teeth. And they are easier to take care of.
- Teeth can shift when you pull a tooth. When you extract a tooth it creates a gap that allows the surrounding teeth to move. Over time, shifting teeth can cause a bite misalignment and chewing problems, resulting in pain, poor nutrition, and a lower quality of life.
- Keep your youthful smile! The roots of your teeth support the jawbone. When you pull a tooth, you also pull out the roots. This leaves a hole in the jawbone, which can cause the surrounding bone to collapse. When this happens, it can create a sunken appearance that can make you look older than you are.
- Maintain your smile and your confidence. A gap in your smile and the aging effect of a collapsed jawbone can negatively impact your self-image. That lack of confidence often causes a person to feel self-conscious about their smile, leading them to smile less frequently.
- Avoid expensive reconstructive dental work. To mitigate jawbone collapse and shifting teeth, dentists often recommend an implant, crown, bridge, or another fabricated substitute. These measures fill the gap in your smile and the hole in your jawbone, but the dental device can be expensive, and the procedure can sometimes mean more than one dental visit.
- Eliminate pain. If you pull a tooth, you could experience discomfort for several more days, especially if you develop a dry socket. Instead, you can address the pain right away with a root canal, which removes the infection and avoids the chance of dry socket.
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In conclusion, proper dental hygiene and checkups with your dentist every six months are the best measures you can take to prevent tooth decay and pain. But when pain does set in, see your dentist right away.
Remember, when it’s time to decide whether to pull a tooth or save it, no artificial tooth can ever compare to your natural tooth. And you deserve to maintain your healthy smile!
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