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So You Have a Decaying Tooth…

tooth decayTooth decay can creep up on anyone, even if you take great care of your teeth. In some cases, though, tooth decay gets out of control and your tooth may begin to crack or potentially fall out. If you’re in this situation, you may wonder if it would just be easier to have the tooth removed all-together. This blog aims to help you make the best decision when you’re faced with dealing with a decaying tooth.

About Tooth Decay

Here at Dr. Wolnik’s office in Parma Heights, Ohio, we suggest that it is always ideal to restore the decaying tooth, if possible. We’ve compiled a few reasons why tooth extraction is now the last resort for treatment:

  • With today’s technology, it is often possible to restore your existing tooth, making extractions much less common.
  • When a single tooth is removed, it can cause the other teeth in your mouth to shift, potentially altering your bite and ability to chew properly.
  • Complications can occur post-extraction including infection and dry sockets.
  • A missing tooth, especially in the front of your mouth, can negatively impact your appearance.

However, there are some situations where the decaying tooth is simply unsalvageable. If your tooth is severely broken or cracked from decay, tooth extraction may be the only option. Additionally, in some advanced cases of periodontal disease, the supporting bone may be too worn away to ever fully be recovered. In this case, tooth extraction is also likely the best option.

Restoration Options for Tooth Decay

Dr. Wolnik offers a variety of restorative dental services to eliminate discomfort of your decaying tooth. If fixable, Dr. Wolnik will clean out the decaying areas of the tooth, leaving only the healthy bone remaining. He will likely recommend one of the following restoration options:

  • Crowns – A crown is a tooth-colored piece of ceramic that is digitally fitted to your tooth. It is placed on top of an existing tooth that may be cracked, broken, or discolored. A crown can also replace a missing tooth.
  • Bridges – Bridges, like crowns, are fitted to cover your existing teeth and are meant to fill the gap of a completely missing tooth.
  • Implants – Implants are surgically inserted into your gums to replace a missing tooth and roots. Implants are covered with crowns to create a complete, beautiful smile!

Schedule an Appointment Today

Kenneth J. Wolnik, DDS is a dentist in Parma Heights, Ohio. If you’re concerned about a decaying tooth, contact Dr. Wolnik immediately. He can examine your teeth and propose the best solution, whether it be a form of restoration or extraction. Contact Dr. Wolnik today to set up an appointment!

Phone: (440) 888-5055



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