To implant or not to implant: when to keep your own teeth

Implant dentistry is amazing, and it can give you your “teeth” back when your own are no longer healthy enough to be kept.

A few decades ago, when you had a decayed or broken tooth, the go-to solution was to extract it. But then Implantology came to a rise and it became easier to substitute a bad tooth for a good, prosthetic one. This was a turning point in Dentistry because it allowed dentists to keep the mouth whole and healthy.

At the same time, it can be said that it also created and “extraccionist” tendency, where teeth that could be saved are extracted because people know they can get an implant. This is not good!

As a doctor with almost two decades of experience, I have to say that, when possible, keeping the natural tooth is always better. We see this all the time at the White Clinic® – people asking if it’s not better to just extract the tooth and put an implant when they have some serious problem.

But nowadays a lot can be done to salvage a decayed tooth, using endodontic treatments and ceramic veneers. When done correctly, with time, the right technology and patience, a damaged teeth can be restored back to health. Of course that it will always need extra care and attention, but so will an implant!

People often forget that an implant requires much more care than natural teeth. Implantology is an amazing science and technique, but it’s not the solution for everything.

You should always think before having an extraction and you should always talk every option through with your doctor. You shouldn’t be put to the side when it comes to your oral health! An informed patient is the best patient there is.

 

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