Have you ever been told, “We’re going to have to pull your tooth” because of tooth decay or gum disease? Have you ever been told, “We have no choice but to have your teeth pulled” while being advised to get a bridge or an implant? Once a tooth is extracted, it cannot be restored, so many people should and want to keep as many of their teeth as possible.
Even if you have been told by other clinics that “we have no choice but to extract your tooth”, there are many cases that can be treated without extracting the tooth!
What is tooth preservation treatment to save your natural teeth?
Treatment that preserves teeth is called “tooth preservation treatment” and its goal is to allow you to live with your own natural teeth.
The nerve of a tooth is technically called a tooth pulp.
The pulp contains not only the nerve of the tooth, but also many blood vessels and plays an important role in the health of the tooth.
The pulp is like the root of a tree and is responsible for the strength of the tooth.
If a tooth is well rooted, it will prevent major problems before they occur. If the pulp is dead and atrophied, it will be difficult to protect the tooth itself.
Extrusion (Root Extraction)
Extrusion is a treatment method that pulls up the gum to create a stable foundation for the tooth when there is no tooth left above the gum due to decay or a broken tooth.
By pulling up the tooth, the tooth that needs to be extracted can be protected.
Root Canal Resection
This is a treatment method to preserve the tooth by surgically removing the lesion at the root of the tooth when root canal treatment cannot cure or is not possible.
Root canal treatment has been continued, but root canal resection is performed in various situations, such as when symptoms such as swelling and pain persist, or when pus does not stop.
It is highly technical and requires a great deal of skill on the part of the dentist.
Intentional reimplantation is a treatment method in which the tooth is extracted once, the extracted tooth is treated outside the oral cavity, the root tip is removed and filled with medication, and then the tooth is returned to its original position.
It is used when the root of a tooth is vertically fractured or cannot be cured by root canal therapy.
Care must be taken not to damage the periodontal ligament and prevent it from drying out, and because of the highly technical nature of the procedure, it requires a high degree of skill on the part of the dentist.
Advantages of tooth preservation treatment
- It is possible to use strong teeth that cannot be reproduced with artificial materials
- Possibility of preserving the periodontal ligament, which plays an important role in transmitting the feel and texture of the tooth
- May delay the need for implants, dentures or bridges.
- Possibility of maintaining a healthy condition.
Disadvantages of tooth preservation treatment
- May increase risk of gum disease
- May be prone to fracture if proper care is not maintained
- Longer time per treatment
There are many advantages to save natural teeth when they can be kept
As medical technology advances, there are more and more ways to treat teeth without having to extract them. When a tooth is extracted, your own tooth is lost and an artificial tooth must be used. There is nothing better then to use your own teeth as much as possible.
The Toranomon Hills Dental Medical Ryu Clinic offers free consultations for a variety of dental problems.
You can be sure that we will always make suggestions that are appropriate for your situation and that we will always work with you to determine the best treatment plan.
Please do not give up and consult with us first.