Should I have my tooth extracted?

Posted by Chris Raines on Aug 27, 2018 4:20:11 PM

Sometimes it seems like extracting a tooth is the simplest and least costly option when a tooth is damaged or decayed.

Flow Chart Describing Tooth Extraction Considerations

Your prosthodontist can help you to determine which options are available and will provide the best long-term solutions. The first step is to schedule your dental appointment for a thorough examination with x-rays. You and your doctor can make a decision based on the doctor’s professional judgement and your personal preferences.

Considerations:

  • Is deep decay present?
  • Does the tooth hurt?
  • Is there a deep filling?
  • Is the tooth cracked or broken?
  • Does the crack extend below the gum line?
  • Is the tooth loose?

It is important to have a decaying tooth treated because decay can spread to the tooth’s pulp. If the tooth becomes infected, the infection can spread to the surrounding teeth.

If a tooth is cracked, broken or badly infected, has a deep cavity or trauma, either a root canal or extraction may be recommended. The tooth will then need to be restored with a filling, crown, removable prosthesis or dental implant supported restoration.

Root canal treatment, usually performed by an endodontist, repairs a damaged or infected tooth by removing the damaged area of the tooth’s pulp, disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth's root.

Sometimes repair of a natural tooth is not possible or practical. A large cavity that weakens the root’s structure may not be repairable. When a tooth fracture extends below the gumline, removal of the tooth may be necessary.

When a tooth is removed, it is important consider replacing it. When a tooth is not replaced, the adjoining teeth will begin to shift toward the empty space. The opposing teeth can also shift and move upward to fill the missing space. All of this tooth movement can cause problems with your bite, make chewing difficult and change your facial appearance.

Dental implants have proven to be the best option for permanent tooth replacement. Dental implant treatment is a functional, natural looking, long-lasting, reliable and comfortable option for replacement of missing teeth. All-On-4® is an economical non-removable dental implant treatment option. The number and type of implants that are needed to restore the teeth depends on the quantity and quality of bone in the area where the implants will be placed. If there is enough bone, the All-On-4 Protocol may be considered.

In the upper jaw, if there is considerable bone loss, computer guided treatment using zygomatic implants may be required.

Regular dental checkups will help you maintain a healthy mouth, alert you and your dentist to any issues that require treatment and correct them in a timely manner.

Call Pi Dental Center to schedule your dental examination, extraction or replacement of a missing tooth.

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Eight Reasons to Replace a Missing Tooth

Posted by Chris Raines on Aug 8, 2018 3:37:04 PM

A Missing Tooth Is Like a Fork That's Missing a Tine. Here Are Eight Reasons to Replace a Missing Tooth

A healthy mouth should not be underestimated.

A missing tooth may seem like a small issue that can be ignored, but it negatively impacts your life. Here are eight reasons to consider replacing that missing tooth.

  1. Reduced Quality of Life
  2. Difficulty Eating and Dietary Inadequacy
  3. Discomfort and Pain
  4. Jaw Problems
  5. Crooked Teeth
  6. Your Appearance
  7. Self-Confidence
  8. Overall Health

Would you eat with a fork that’s missing a tine? You probably wouldn’t … if you had a choice. So why tolerate a missing tooth? There are many good reasons to replace a tooth and, usually, several options for replacement.

Your teeth are supported by the teeth around them. A missing tooth weakens the structure of the mouth and can eventually result in the loss of other teeth. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth shift in an attempt to fill in the gap left by that tooth. This change in tooth alignment can affect the jaw. Maintaining the alignment of teeth will protect the integrity of the entire mouth.

Replacing a missing tooth can give you a beautiful and functional smile that improves your overall health, attractiveness and self-confidence. Today there are effective and predictable methods for permanent tooth replacement. Dental implants have been proven to be safe and successful in restoring your smile.

A missing tooth can be replaced with a Single Tooth Implant restoration using the Teeth In A Day® protocol.

Teeth in A Day®, developed at Pi Dental Center, is our trademarked procedure. It allows patients to have stable non-removable healthy teeth in one office visit. In the conventional process, getting an implant took more than 3 months for the patient to have non-removable teeth. During that long 3 month period, the patient would suffer with a removable denture while they waited for the bone to heal. Teeth In A Day® has reduced this lengthy procedure to a single day.

Pi Dental Center utilizes a sophisticated approach to dental care with up-to-date treatment protocols and equipment. Contact Us To Schedule An Evaluation.    

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Is It Important To Replace A Missing Back Tooth?

Posted by Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP on Jun 25, 2018 3:00:20 PM

Glenn J. Wolfinger DMD, FACP, Board Certified ProsthodontistTooth loss is one of the most common ailments affecting individuals today.  It is estimated that 120 million people have at least one missing tooth. 

While a missing front tooth is an obvious problem that most people are quick to address, missing back teeth do not seem to raise as much concern.  

When a patient loses a tooth, the adjacent and opposing teeth can shift and move, and this can later create difficulty in replacing that tooth.  Studies have shown that patients with missing teeth have a decreased capacity to function and this can contribute to significant medical issues, including cardiovascular disease, digestive problems, diabetes and many other diseases. 

Studies have even shown a higher mortality rate among people with missing teeth.  Tooth replacement can be easily accomplished by a number of methods including removable dentures, fixed bridges and implant-supported restorations. 

 A Board Certified Prosthodontist is a specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth and can provide all of the options available to address this important issue. 

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP
Board Certified Prosthodontist

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National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

Posted by Chris Raines on Apr 18, 2018 4:30:42 PM

The Pi Dental Center team celebrates National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

Pi Dental Center celebrated National Prosthodontics Awareness Week (NPAW) with an Open House on April 12th. This fun and informative event was designed to thank our patients and to educate the general public about the dental specialty of Prosthodontics.

What's a prosthodontist?

A Prosthodontist is an ADA recognized dental specialist who has advanced training and skill with the diagnosis, restoration and maintenance of oral function, patient comfort, appearance and health of the patient through restoration of natural teeth and expert replacement of missing teeth. Prosthodontists complete a rigorous advanced postdoctoral educational program in Prosthodontics accredited by the American Dental Association.

During the Open House, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, a board certified prosthodontist, and the Pi Dental Center clinical team provided complimentary diagnostic evaluations with radiographic x-rays.

Our Open House also featured technology tours and Dental Question and Answer displays. The Q & A display answered questions about prosthodontics, highlighted the types of treatment provided by prosthodontists, outlined the advantages of dental implant treatment, stated Pi Dental Center’s dental implant success rate, provided the features of AvaDent® digital dentures, and explained the benefits of the TRIOS® digital impression system.

Gift Bags for National Prosthodontics Awareness WeekAttractive gift bags were given to visitors and patients. Each gift bag included a sample of Pi Dental Center's Own Custom Coffee Blend, gift cards for dental treatment at Pi Dental Center, gift cards and coupons from local business sponsors including Weavers Way Food Coop (Ambler, Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill), Holiday Inn Express (Fort Washington, PA), Xtra One-O-One (Ambler, PA), We Fix-Phones-N-More (Horsham, PA), and a handy map/event schedule from Ambler Main Street.

The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) is a national organization representing prosthodontists that promotes the highest standard of patient care, provides advanced education opportunities and professional services to its members. The ACP encourages its members to participate in National Prosthodontics Awareness Week each year.

As part of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, prosthodontists in dental schools and private practices provided a host of other activities and reached people all over the United States. Prosthodontics Awareness Proclamations were made by city and state government organizations throughout the country serving almost 9 million people.

If you would like to learn how a prosthodontist can help you, restore damaged teeth or replace missing teeth, please contact us by telephone, email or by clicking this button.

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