If you have a cavity you've neglected until the pain forced you to the dentist, you may be facing a situation where the tooth is so far gone it can't be fixed with a simple filling. When it comes to advanced decay and infection, your choices are probably to get a root canal and crown or have the tooth pulled. Unfortunately, if you have no dental insurance and no funds to pay out of pocket for a root canal and crown, you may have no other choice but to have the tooth pulled. Here's what you need to know before you make your decision.
Consequences Of Losing A Tooth
Pulling your tooth is usually only done as a last resort since it can cause problems with your appearance and your ability to chew. A missing tooth also allows the other teeth in your mouth to shift, which can lead to problems with alignment. Even if the decayed tooth is a molar that's hidden from view, removing it could still affect your appearance by causing your cheek to sink over the area. Whether the tooth is in the back of your mouth or right in front, removing it is usually not the best option, because it could affect your oral health for years to come.
Restoring A Lost Tooth
If you can't come up with the funds to undergo a root canal and get a crown on your decayed tooth, then having the tooth pulled is better than letting it stay in your mouth and promote infection and cause pain. Tooth extraction should be viewed as a temporary emergency treatment. For a permanent solution, you should follow up by replacing the tooth with an artificial one as soon as you can save up enough money. You can restore a lost tooth by getting an implant topped with a crown or by getting a dental bridge from Andersen Kevin Dr Inc or another local dentist.
A dental bridge anchors an artificial tooth to the teeth on each side of it. To do this, your dentist has to put crowns on both of the teeth on each side of your missing tooth. The crowns are fused to an artificial tooth that slips into the gap where your tooth was pulled. The result looks very natural since the crowns and artificial tooth are custom colored to match your other teeth.
Implant And Crown
If you opt for an implant instead, the dentist doesn't have to bother your other teeth. Only one crown is needed, and it is attached to the post that is implanted into your jaw bone. While an implant is very secure since it fuses with your bone, it is also a more costly procedure and it takes much longer to complete.
Of course, the best solution is to properly care for your teeth, so you never face the possibility of losing a tooth to decay. However, that doesn't help when you are already suffering with a toothache and swelling from infection. You need to get your tooth fixed as soon as you can, and if you have no choice but to have it pulled, you don't have to worry since your dentist can fill the gap with an artificial tooth at a later time when you can afford it.