What Should You Do About Failing Teeth?

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Did you know that your teeth have nerves that help circulate blood? These nerves, known as pulp, may not be able to provide adequate circulation if they experience trauma or decay. This condition could cause failing teeth.

How to Know if Your Teeth are Failing

The best way to know if there’s a problem with your teeth is to pay careful attention to the way your mouth feels. If anything seems out of the ordinary, it’s better to have a dentist check it out than to wait for the problem to go away on its own. You never know if it’s something more serious than it initially seems.

Here are some of the common symptoms people may experience if their teeth are failing:

  • Dark discoloration on the tooth’s surface
  • Pain when you bite down
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold items
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose or shifting teeth

Treatments for Failing Teeth Based on Severity

Fortunately, there are treatments available to restore failing teeth and improve your oral health. These will vary for each person based on the severity of the problem. Patients can expect to undergo any of the following services to improve the health of their teeth:

Dental Fillings – Mild

Fillings are the most common treatment dentists use to repair teeth. This service involves removing the decayed portion of a tooth and filling the area to protect the remainder of the healthy tooth. Dental fillings do not restore the entire tooth, but they do prevent further damage from occurring.

Dental Crowns – Mild

If you have a cavity that has gotten too big for a filling, you will need a dental crown. This treatment involves placing a custom-fitted cap over the affected tooth to protect it from further damage. Dental crowns can restore teeth that are damaged, weakened, or severely decayed. They’re also designed to blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.

Periodontal Therapy – Moderate

Advanced gum disease can cause gum recession and eventually tooth loss when left untreated. Periodontal therapy uses a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments to restore the health of your gums and jawbone. Using this will also help reduce the risk of other issues that can cause teeth to fail.

Common periodontal therapy treatments include:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Antibiotics
  • Soft tissue graft
  • Deep cleaning

Tooth Extractions – Severe

Unfortunately, there may come a time when your tooth becomes damaged beyond repair. When this happens, an extraction is the only way to protect your other teeth and oral health. Leaving the infected tooth in your mouth will cause other areas of the mouth to become impacted. Sedation options are available for your comfort, and we will discuss your tooth replacement options before the extraction.

Tooth Replacement Options

After pulling out your problem tooth, you should get it replaced as soon as your mouth heals. This will prevent other issues from occurring. Depending on your preferences and how many teeth you need to replace, there are several options for you to choose from:

  • Dental implants
  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures

Are You Looking for a Solution to Your Failing Teeth?

If you think you might be suffering from a failing tooth, our dental experts can help restore it to full health. Call Smile Design Implant Centers today if you have any questions!

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