You have a bad tooth – and you’ve known it for years. The back one on the upper left side of your mouth just isn’t as strong as the rest of your teeth, and you’ve been dealing with sensitivity, frequent cavities, and have even thought that a root canal might be the best way to go to address this ongoing problem. But when you see your dentist in Selden, they recommend a tooth extraction. Although you’re the first person to admit that this tooth is compromised, you think removing it is a pretty drastic solution. Since you’d like to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible, what can you do? You can get a second opinion from Dr. Stephen Scotto-Lavino. In this post, learn why you should have a second oral healthcare professional take a look at your smile before committing to a procedure that is permanent.
Why Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
Although Dr. Scotto-Lavino is an expert in tooth extractions, in many instances, this course of treatment is far too radical and can leave an unnecessary blank spot in your smile. Our goal is to preserve your original teeth for as long as possible, but tooth extractions are the optimal treatment in the following scenarios:
- Trauma to the tooth that essentially causes it to “die”
- Extensive crowding
- Severe disease in the tooth
- A tooth that is fractured beneath the gum line
- The cost to restore your natural tooth is too great
- Your wisdom teeth are impacted
- You have an infection that is severe or is spreading to other areas in your mouth
What Options Do I Have Instead Of Extracting My Tooth?
Since we want to maintain your natural teeth as long as possible, we offer the following alternatives to tooth extractions:
- Root Canal Therapy – In this procedure, we can save your natural tooth and eliminate both the pain and infection by removing the diseased tooth pulp and filling in the canal where the root resides with a biocompatible substance called gutta-percha. Since the pain and sensitivity is caused by the infection, removing the unhealthy tissue will end your discomfort – and keep your natural tooth intact.
- Apicoectomy – This procedure is generally performed after root canal therapy fails to address the full scope of your dental issue. Dr. Scotto-Lavino can remove the tip of the root (also known as the “apex” of the root), treat the diseased tissue, and then seal the area with a durable filling.
All in all, we want you to know that you have other options than dental procedures that permanently alter your smile like tooth extractions. If you don’t feel comfortable with your dentist’s suggestions – or their skill level or chairside manner – you don’t have to suffer! You’re always able to get the trusted second opinion you need at our practice.
So, if you’re ready to have a qualified professional take a second look at your dental needs before undergoing a treatment that can’t be reversed, schedule your appointment with Dr. Scotto-Lavino today!