Tooth Saving Tips in Worcester, MA & Fitchburg, MA

Natural teeth are far superior to all of today’s dental restoration options, so saving your natural teeth should be top priority. Not only do natural teeth benefit your oral health, they provide the best cosmetic results as well.

Advantages of Saving a Natural Tooth in Worcester, MA & Fitchburg, MA

What makes a natural tooth better than an implant or any other dental restoration? Natural teeth provide:

  • More efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force
  • Natural appearance
  • Fewer dental issues in the future

Teeth Saving Tips

When presented with the option, always choose a root canal treatment over an extraction. No dental restoration, such as a denture, bridge, or implant, provides the same level of function, feel, or appearance as a natural tooth. If your dentist tells you that an endodontic procedure is not an option, ask for a referral to an endodontist for a second opinion.

Endodontists are dentists that specialize in saving teeth. Schedule an appointment with us where we can evaluate your tooth. As experts in diagnosing and relieving tooth pain, we use advanced equipment to treat our patients quickly and comfortably. We will do everything we can to save your tooth.

Can a decayed tooth be saved?

Our ability to save your tooth depends on the severity of the decay, but we always recommend root canal treatment before extraction. In fact, we only suggest removing a natural tooth when all other options have been exhausted. No restoration delivers the perfect look, feel, and function that a natural tooth does.

How do you save a dead tooth?

If your tooth is dead and cannot be restored, extraction may be the only option. However, we strongly urge you to have your tooth examined by an endodontist before allowing your dentist to remove it. Every attempt at saving your tooth should be made first.

How long does it take for a tooth nerve to die?

When a tooth is damaged, time is of the essence. The amount of time available to save the tooth depends on the extent of the injury or decay. During a consultation, we determine how much blood flow is still present in the tooth. A tooth dies when there is no blood present. However, a tooth can last days and even months if it has some blood flow to the pulp.

What does a dying tooth look like?

When the nerves in the pulp of the tooth are damaged or decayed, they have a harder time supplying blood to the tooth. Without blood, the tooth begins to die, and the color of your tooth will lose its natural shade of white. A dying tooth may appear yellow, light brown, gray, or even black, and the discoloration will increase over time. The easiest way for you to identify a dying tooth is to compare its color to the rest of your teeth. A dying tooth won’t match the others.