When it comes to tooth extraction, it's important to know that there are alternatives. Endodontics and apicectomy are two procedures that are commonly used as alternatives to tooth extraction. Endodontics is by far the most common, and involves the dentist using a drill to form a duct to the root of the tooth. The damaged or infected tissue inside the canal is then cleaned and filled with synthetic material.
This procedure is usually less painful and requires less medication after the procedure. Apicectomy, or resection of the end of the root, can also be performed when inflammation or infection persists in the bony area surrounding the end of the tooth after an endodontic procedure. This procedure can also be used to save a tooth. If you need to replace a removed tooth, you may also consider placing a bridge or a removable partial denture. These options require additional dental procedures on adjacent healthy teeth and should be consulted with your dentist or specialist. Implants are another option, which involve inserting a titanium or zirconium post into the jaw in the space left by the extracted tooth. The most important alternative to tooth extraction is good oral hygiene, or daily brushing and flossing.
If you take care of your teeth, you may be able to avoid having to have them extracted in the first place. If you have any concerns or just want to learn more, check with our office.