An infected tooth can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, and it can be easy to just want to pull out the tooth and be done with the pain. However, if you pull out the tooth, the truth is, you are probably not done with the pain. You are going to need to get a dental implant or dentures, and you will need to monitor the tooth throughout your life going forward.
Some benefits come with saving an infected tooth instead of just getting rid of it.
Benefit #1: Experience Less Pain
When you have a tooth pulled, the pain is not over. Often, people feel pain for days after the tooth is removed. If you suffer from a dry socket, you will have to get the socket flushed out, use medicated dressing, and deal with lots of self-care and pain medication.
When you fix an infected tooth, you may feel a little pain and soreness from the procedure, but the pain will quickly resolve, and soon your infected tooth will be a distant memory.
Benefit #2: Lower Costs
Fixing an infected tooth can be more affordable than having a tooth pulled. When you have a tooth pulled, the job is not done. You are going to need to replace that tooth. Replacing that tooth with an implant or dentures can be expensive in both time and money. When you fix an infected tooth, that tooth is fixed, and you will not incur additional costs.
Benefit #3: Fewer Visits
When you get an infected tooth fixed, you will spend less time at the dentist than you would if you had the tooth pulled. Pulling the tooth may feel like a quick solution, but you will have to come back to the dentist to check the socket where the tooth was pulled, and you will have to make multiple visits to get a replacement tooth in place. When you get an infected tooth fixed, you will not need future visits outside of your regular visits.
Benefit #4: Stronger Structure
Your natural tooth is really strong and is always going to function better than an artificial tooth. Although artificial teeth have made a lot of progress, they are still not the same as a real tooth. Your natural tooth has a strength to it that can't be replicated. That is why it is best, if possible, to save your natural tooth, even if it is infected.
Treating an infected tooth instead of pulling it can result in fewer visits to the dentist, lower costs, less long-term pain, and a more robust tooth structure. Talk to a local dentist and see if you can save your natural tooth instead of pulling it.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!