Dental problems are a common problem among people. Beyond that, they’re also an increasingly expensive problem. A 2004 study found the cost of dental care had increased by an average of 6% annually over the previous decade, and another study estimated that the annual cost of dental procedures will be $50 billion by 2020. Given these rising costs, what’s a dentist to do? Well, fortunately there are ways for dentists to save teeth that might have previously been at risk for extraction. But what are some ways dentists can save those teeth or keep them healthy? Let’s find out!
If you have an injured, decayed, or loose tooth, your dentist will do everything possible to save your natural tooth. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible, in which case, the tooth will need to be extracted. The biggest factor a dentist looks at when deciding if a tooth can be saved is how much “good” tooth structure there is left. If the tooth is broken at the gumline and has a big cavity that goes down to the bone then there is little hope that the tooth can be saved.
What is a healthy tooth?
A healthy tooth is one that has no major cavities, is not discoloured or worn down, and has a strong attachment to the gums. Healthy tooth has no major decay, no cracks, and no root canals. A healthy tooth has healthy gums surrounding it to help keep it in place. A healthy tooth is also usually a natural tooth. Natural teeth are our teeth that are formed inside our mouths as babies.
They are our first teeth that most people will have in their mouths. Natural teeth are not false teeth. Teeth that are false teeth are called dentures. False teeth can be made of different things, like teeth from pigs, teeth from humans, plastic, or metal.
Partial dentures and dental implant retention
A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that is typically used to replace a few missing teeth. Sometimes, a partial denture can be used to replace a tooth that has become too weak to remain in the mouth. Dentists can also use a partial denture as a base for an implant.
This can be done when a single tooth has been lost but the tooth’s socket remains intact. If a tooth is fully extracted and its socket collapses, it might not be possible to implant a replacement tooth. The partial denture acts as a support structure for the implant, allowing it to remain in place long enough to fuse with the surrounding bone and become part of the oral structure.
Dental bonding for broken teeth
If a tooth is cracked but not entirely broken, a dentist can use dental bonding to repair the damage. Dental bonding is a type of putty that is pressed against the tooth’s surface. This putty hardens to form a sort of seal that protects the tooth from bacteria and other contaminants.
The tooth will likely be sensitive while the bonding material is hardening, but that sensitivity will subside as the material dries and hardens. If there is any decay inside the tooth, bonding will not be a suitable treatment option. However, it can be used to repair cracks in the tooth’s surface.
Regenerative therapy for chipped teeth
If a tooth has been chipped or cracked, a dentist can use a special restoration called a sealant to protect the tooth and prevent debris from entering the crack and causing decay. A sealant is a thin, plastic material that is applied to the biting edge of the tooth.
The sealant is applied in a way that allows it to stick to the tooth’s surface without hardening. The sealant is chemically designed to stay soft, so it does not interfere with the normal functioning of the tooth. Over time, the sealant hardens and protects the tooth by preventing bacteria from entering the crack.
Can a tooth always be saved?
Whenever it’s an option, it’s best to keep your natural teeth. However, saving your tooth is not always possible. If your tooth is cracked or broken due to trauma, especially below the gum line, there may not be any way to preserve the tooth.
Can half a tooth be saved?
If a tiny piece of enamel or filling has chipped off, you may only need a new filling or some bonding material to restore the chipped portion. If only a small piece of your tooth broke off, your dental professional might be able to protect the remainder of the tooth with a crown or filling.
What kind of tooth Cannot be saved?
Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, can cause problems with other teeth as they tend to push other teeth to the side, causing them to become misaligned. Many dentists suggest removal of the wisdom teeth before they are completely developed.
If a tooth has become weakened in some way, a dentist has a good chance of saving it with the use of one or more of these restoration methods. A healthy tooth is a vital tooth, and the sooner it can be saved, the less expensive and invasive the procedure will be. If you notice any changes to your teeth, don’t wait to see a dentist. The sooner a dentist sees a problem, the easier it will be to solve.