IS IT BETTER TO HAVE A ROOT CANAL OR EXTRACTION?
Each tooth is different and each patient has different needs. If your tooth has deep and extensive decay, Dr. Ewell will discuss with you the long-term prognosis of the tooth and whether a root canal should be pursued or an extraction is more predictable. After clinical examination, an updated x-ray and a photo of the tooth will show you the size of the cavity and how much tooth there will be remaining after the cavity is cleaned out. Dr. Ewell will discuss what your particular tooth will benefit the most from and let you make an informed decision.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE A TOOTH PULLED AND DON'T REPLACE IT?
Sometimes teeth are lost due to catastrophic fracture, very deep decay, or extensive bone loss. When a tooth is removed, the surrounding and opposing teeth will typically shift and move. This malalignment can affect chewing and can cause bone loss of the jaws making tooth replacement or denture wearing more challenging. Some teeth patients do not miss when they are removed and not replace (wisdom teeth or second molars), but other teeth provide more chewing and esthetic function. However, if you are bothered by one or many missing teeth, we provide a few options including dental implants, bridges, removable partial dentures, or complete dentures (with or without implants).REQUest an appointment