Possible Alternatives to Tooth Extractions
Tooth extraction is often seen as the last resort treatment, as dental health professionals explore alternative solutions to preserve natural teeth. Our team at River District Smiles is committed to providing personalized treatment plans, unique to each individual’s specific dental condition.
Here are five alternative dental treatments that can eliminate the need for extractions:
Fillings or Dental Bonding: If the tooth has minor decay or damage, fillings or dental bonding can restore the tooth’s structure and function. The decayed or damaged tooth portion is removed, and a tooth-colored composite material is used to fill the area.
Root Canal Treatment: When a tooth’s inner pulp becomes infected or damaged, a root canal procedure can be performed to save it. The infected pulp is removed, the root canals are cleaned, and sealed. A crown then covers the treated tooth, restoring its strength and appearance.
Dental Crowns or Veneers: Severely damaged teeth or teeth with large fillings can benefit from dental crowns or veneers. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover the entire tooth, providing protection and strength. Veneers are thin shells placed on the front surface of teeth to enhance their appearance and functioning.
Orthodontic Treatment: Crooked or crowded teeth can often lead to extraction, but orthodontic treatments like braces or clear aligners can help reposition teeth into proper alignment so that extraction is avoided.
Periodontal Treatments: In cases where advanced gum disease is the reason for dental extraction, periodontal treatments like scaling and root planing or gum surgery can address the underlying gum infection and improve gum health.
At River District Smiles, we prioritize the preservation of natural teeth, and our team is dedicated to providing personalized solutions aimed at ensuring optimal dental health and a confident smile.