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February 2018

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Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

There are times when tooth extraction is absolutely necessary. If you have been advised a tooth extraction, but are still sitting on the fence about it, read on.

Tooth extraction is done only as a last resort. Here are situations where tooth extraction becomes unavoidable.

  • When a tooth is in severe decay. When a cavity is left untreated, in the early stages, it can spread and damage the entire tooth, including the inner layers.
  • An extremely damaged tooth can also be the result of chipping or breaking your tooth during sports or other high-contact activities. It could also result from a blow to the face while biking, skateboarding, and other activities.
  • Unhealthy wisdom teeth can cause issues when they erupt from the gums. Your dentist may have to remove them.
  • Sometimes, you don’t have enough space in your mouth. For example, when you are aligning your smile or erupting more teeth, the teeth may not get enough space to shift and move.

In any of the above situations, or cases where the tooth has undergone severe damage, a tooth extraction may be the only solution. This is why, leading dentists, such as Dr. Nick in Fayetteville, AR, strongly advise you to schedule a comprehensive examination regularly to avoid any chances of an extreme situation, such as a damaged tooth, in the future.

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3 Solutions for a Broken Tooth

Chipping a tooth is not an uncommon phenomenon. Constant wear and tear can weaken and damage the enamel. An accident or some hard food can also chip a tooth. Regardless of the cause, there are several options to repair a chipped or broken tooth.

PORCELAIN VENEERS

Porcelain veneers are a great option for repairing the front teeth. Veneers are like thin shells of porcelain that can be used to cover the front of the teeth while a thick section can fill the chipped portion of the tooth.

You can choose a single veneer to repair a chip on a single tooth or you may choose veneers for all front teeth for a total restoration. You may need only two office visits to get veneers. Porcelain veneers can –

  • repair chipped teeth
  • disguise gaps
  • correct crooked or stained teeth
  • improve your bite
  • total smile restoration

In the first visit, the surface layer of the teeth is removed. The teeth are color-matched, and molds are taken to make the veneers. Temporary veneers are placed. During the second visit, temporary veneers are removed and the permanent ones are adhered with cement that is made permanent with UV light.

DENTAL BONDING

The treatment for a chipped tooth depends upon the extent of the damage and the visibility of the chip when you smile. If only a small amount of the enamel is missing or if the chip is on the front teeth, dental bonding can also repair the damage. This procedure requires only a single office visit.

Dental bonding is also referred to as a “filling,” since it fills the missing enamel with tooth-like composite resin. This is a fast and painless procedure that does not require any numbing medication. The chipped area is etched to make the bonding material hold properly. An adhesive is applied, followed by the composite resin. The resin is shaped to blend with the natural tooth and restore its shape. UV light hardens the material to complete the procedure.

CROWNS

Crowns are recommended when –

  • the chips are large
  • the teeth that have significant decay
  • the molar teeth are chipped

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic. They are used to cover the tooth root.

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