Patients often ask us why we would go through so much effort to save that tooth and ask if it is actually worth the investment. Simply put, nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth.
The key advantages of keeping your natural teeth rather than replacing them include:
While dental implants are the dental treatment mostly like having your tooth back again, the process does take a few months and requires surgery, healing time, restoration, and regular monitoring.
By preserving your natural teeth, you maintain normal biting force, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods. In contrast, dentures may not be able to handle certain fruits, vegetables, meats, and snacks.
Saving your natural tooth is usually the least expensive method of protecting your smile & so we focus on prevention. While restorations can be quite cost-effective when needed, they are an investment. When you get a crown, bridge, or denture, you will need to account for maintenance costs and potentially plan for a replacement restoration at some point in the future.
A natural look.
While restoration materials mimic the appearance of natural teeth as closely as they can, nothing looks quite like real enamel.
If You Don’t Replace Your Tooth, It Could Create More Tooth Loss
Leaving a gap in your smile, even if it is not visible, can create more problems in the future. A gap leaves room for your teeth to shift affecting your ability to properly chew and eventually ruin your smile. Tilted teeth results in exposed roots with increased risk of sensitivity and decay.
When considering whether to save a tooth in a poor state, we advise how much it will cost to save the tooth and how predictable the outcome of the treatments is specific to the tooth. The questions you need to ask is:
1. Will a dental implant be more predictable and less costly?
2. Is a dental implant more likely to preserve the bone than treatments necessary to save the tooth?
Of course, your dental treatment is up to you! You can contact us at any time with questions about missing teeth or if you are currently facing a dental extraction. We will give you all of your options so that you can make a choice that works best for you and your budget.
Remember that our dentists are here to help you make the right decision, saving you unnecessary treatment and cost for now and in the future.