There are times where a tooth can become so decayed or infected that tooth extraction treatment is required. When a tooth is removed from the mouth, it is likely that your jawbone density de-stimulates, becoming weaker and meaning your facial structure starts to degrade. It can become a serious concern and your mouth needs enough jawbone density via the tooth root to stay strong.
The bone surrounding the tooth has one job, to hold and support it firmly in it’s place. Upon tooth extraction treatment, it is important that you take action to avoid bone loss. Without the bone, your mouth functions such as chewing stop working properly.
The Four Solutions
Luckily, there are solutions to counter tooth extraction to ensure you maintain as much bone density as possible. Let’s take a look at the solutions to preserve the jawbone after tooth extraction treatment.
- Replace With Dental Implants – For single or multiple teeth, a dental implant is an effective solution to replace missing teeth. Dental implants function like your natural teeth and they’re infused into the jawbone to maintain and strengthen bone structure. Depending on how much bone has been lost for the temporary gap, the oral surgeon will recommend bone grafting treatment before applying an implant if necessary.
- Maintain Quality Oral Health – The protection of teeth and gums stem from positive oral hygiene. Continue to brush and floss your teeth twice a day whilst regularly booking in appointments with the oral surgeon to ensure your oral health is preserved. This helps to limit bone loss and avoid periodontal disease.
- Consider Bone Augmentation Treatment – Bone augmentation or grafting is a procedure that replaces missing bones into order for natural cosmetic replacements to be used to replace missing teeth. This also repairs any bone fractures. The bone is accessed through the gum to add the extra bone material to produce new bone cells.
- Avoid Alcohol and Smoking Products – Smoking products and consumption of alcohol should be reduced or avoided altogether to maintain strong oral health. Alcohol is acidic and contains high levels of sugar, which can lead to enamel erosion and tooth decay. Smoking including tobacco products increases the likelihood of periodontal disease and degrades the shine on your teeth.
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Tooth extraction treatment is only administered where it is absolutely necessary. It is a last-resort form of treatment that can only be administered if the tooth is not in a fit state of repair. In circumstances where remains of the natural tooth can be saved, the oral surgeon will recommend other forms of treatment that aid your oral health. This may include root canal treatment or dental crowns. The oral surgeon will examine the state of your affected tooth to determine the best form of treatment.
Do you have a severely decayed tooth? Have you recently had tooth extraction treatment and are worried about your oral health? Simply Dental are ready to serve you and restore your oral health. Contact us here to get in touch with our dental specialists!