Holistic Approach to Dental Extractions
Some times the tooth may become fractured. Extensive Fractures may not always be able to be repaired despite our best efforts to do so. This can be due to various reasons, perhaps trauma from an accident, It is interesting to note that we do see this from time to time around patients old amalgam fillings, when they have resulted in cracked tooth syndrome. We also observe failed root canal treatments from time to time.
This is when a re-infection of Your tooth that has been previously treated with a root canal has become infected. Sometimes these may even appear as asymptomatic and are only visible on your CBCT scan. (3D Xray) The infected tooth may no longer be viable due to inflammation of the pulp, any remaining nerve or perhaps may have even caused a cavitation in the surrounding tissues. This is a cause for concern as any undetected infections in the mouth may flow on to effect other areas of your body and may even lead to heart problems. Removing a tooth is never our first Option.
As Dentist we do everything in our power to help you keep as many of your natural teeth as possible. We explore all options available to you when it comes to extracting teeth along with education about the pros and cons of dental extraction as well as your replacement Option.
What to Expect when Extracting a Tooth
If extraction your tooth is the only acceptable solution then a brief outline of our process is outlined below.
Biological Dental Extraction
1. We use minimally invasive techniques to remove the diseased, infected or inflamed tooth. We take great care to do this with the least amount of trauma to surrounding structures.
2. We ensure the site of the extraction (socket), is thoroughly cleaned of infected tissue and debris from the extraction and infection.
3. We will often apply Ozone (see information on Ozone) to the area to disinfect the site aid in healing following extraction.
4. The Periodontal ligament is removed to promote proper bone healing.
5. If Dental Implants are a replacement option they we may insert some bone grafting material should the site call for it, to ensure that when it comes time to place the Implant that the jaw is given every chance of a positive outcome.
6. Finally we expect a healing blood clot to form at the extraction site.
7. We ask you to relax in our recovery room for 15 -30 minutes following your extraction prior to heading home for further recovery.
8. You are given after care instructions both verbally by one of our wonderful Doctors and we also give you written instructions just in case you would like to again refer to them at home.
9. We can offer Biological Homeopathic remedies are injected in the tissues around the extraction, such as Ozonated Olive Oil for post-procedure healing at home. As well as Homeopathic options for possible inflammation or pain around the extraction site.
10. We follow up with you by phone the following day as well as book a follow up appointment within the next week.
Understanding Your Tooth Replacement Options
There are several replacement Options to consider when removing a tooth, great care is taken when discussing all of these Options with your Dentist. We have detailed information about all of these possible solutions on dedicated pages.
You may choose not to replace the tooth
This is sometimes chosen as a viable Option depending on when the extracted tooth was located and its effects on your smile and ability to eat well. As well as the personal preference of each patient.
Partial Dentures can be made of Acrylic, Chrome, or a flexible material, we also have a low toxic material for those who has sensitivities to traditional Denture materials
This could be a Pontiac bridge or a traditional bridge. A bridge is essentially a tooth that is held in place by securing it to surrounding teeth, a traditional bridge crowns both of the surrounding teeth whilst supporting the missing tooth that is suspended in the middle (hence the term – bridge).
A Pontiac Bridge is a bridge that does not crown the surrounding teeth but rather attaches at the back of the surrounding teeth whilst suspending the missing tooth in the middle. (please see link for further detail)
Dental implants are medical devices surgically implanted into the jaw. At Crown Holistic Dental We offer both metal and ceramic Implants.
Implants provide support for a Crown to be placed onto. There are quite a few things to consider regarding Implants so please do familiarise yourself with that content.
Given all of the various replacement options it is undoubtedly an important decision to consider, often when people are in extreme pain they just want to remove the offending tooth as quickly as possible. However it is important to fully understand all of the ramification of tooth extractions as well as all of your Options.