Traumatized teeth can often be saved with appropriate and timely treatment. Traumatic injuries to the dental tissues (pulp, dentin and enamel) and their supporting tissues can be managed by Endodontists and or multiple specialists working with your general dentist.
There are many reasons why people loose teeth including trauma to the face, irrepairable teeth and/or the natural life of a tooth coming to an end, or in response to a medical condition or treatment. Teeth are not only necessary for chewing; they also support our facial features and create our smile.
Missing teeth can greatly impact lifestyle. People who are missing teeth tend to be less healthy, have lower self confidence and self-esteem and they are often less active. In addition, missing teeth can lead to bone loss, which over time can increase problems with appearance and health.
If your Dentist advises extractions it is important to get an opinion from a Dental Specialist about the possibility of saving your natural tooth. If your natural tooth cannot be saved, a Dental Specialist can help replace missing teeth with implants, crowns, bridges or dentures.
Statistics show that 69% of adults aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, endodontic disease or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.
After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in the United States continue to function at peak performance.
Root canals save 16 million teeth annually in the United States. After performing the procedure, the Endodontist returns the patient to their Dentist or Prosthodontist to have a crown placed or other restorative work performed. If the tooth is deemed not restorable, the patient is advised to have the tooth extracted.