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As a Senior, Is it Better to Save a Tooth or Have it Pulled?


Posted on 10/30/2016 by Crestview Front Desk
An elderly woman having her teeth restored.Broken and cracked teeth can cause several problems. While minor cracks only cause a cosmetic issue, larger cracks can lead to tooth decay and infections.

As a teenager, young adult or even middle aged adult, saving a cracked or broken tooth is often the preferred method of treatment. However, as a senior, the option of extraction is often the preferred method. But is it really worth it to save the tooth, or should you have it pulled?

Severity
If the crack or break is only minor, it may be worth it to save the tooth. After all, if it is simply a matter of cosmetics, why pull out a perfectly good tooth? But if the damage is a bit more extensive (where it could potentially decay or cause an infection), it would be better to have it taken out, avoiding the need to possibly take care of more problems.

Condition of Surrounding Teeth


If the rest of your teeth are strong and in excellent condition, you may want to consider saving the tooth. If your surrounding teeth are weak, decayed or you are missing a few it may be better to have the tooth removed. Extraction is an easier and cheaper solution for a broken tooth. If you have several compromised teeth, it may even be easier to have most, if not all, of your teeth removed and replaced with dentures or dental implants. It will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

Financial Situation
When it comes to the consideration of money, extraction is the cheaper option. If you are faced with several weakened or compromised teeth, removing them and replacing them with dentures or dental implants will also save you a significant amount of money. Having to repair several damaged teeth can really add up.

As a senior, when you break a tooth, extraction is added to your list of possible solutions. Contact our office to discuss what option is best for you.

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