4 Options You Should Consider Before Having Your Tooth Extracted

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4 Options You Should Consider Before Having Your Tooth Extracted

Many people think that once a tooth is infected or damaged then that tooth has to be extracted. While tooth extraction may be the only feasible option in some cases, tooth extraction may not be necessary if other options can suffice to fix the problem. Here are four of the available options which you should discuss with Dr. Kacos, a dentist in Shreveport LA before you consider the last option, tooth extraction.

Root Canal Therapy

The pulp in your tooth helps to keep that tooth alive and healthy. When that pulp gets infected, severe pain can result. Additionally, your oral and overall health is at risk because the infection can spread to other organs in your body, such as the heart.

Dr. Kacos, an emergency dentist in Shreveport, explains that root canal therapy can help to save the tooth from being extracted. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed and a crown is usually placed on that tooth to restore its strength. Consequently, you will retain your tooth and continue using it normally.

Endodontic Surgery

Another way to save your infected tooth is by performing endodontic surgery on that tooth. One of the most common forms of endodontic surgery done to save infected teeth is called apicoectomy.

We asked our friend, Dr. Kristina Neda, a dentist in Georgetown, KY, about endodontic surgery. Dr. Neda reveals that an apicoectomy is usually performed in situations where a root canal cannot be done, or when a root canal was done but failed to fix the problem. During this procedure, a local anesthetic will be administered and the endodontic surgeon will remove the tip of the root. This explains why this procedure is at times called root-tip resection.

Dr. Neda says once the infected root tip is out, the risk of the infection spreading to the rest of your mouth and other parts of the body will be eliminated since the infected pulp will have been removed. It will no longer be necessary to extract the tooth.

Early Gum Disease Treatment

Some people who have painful teeth or gums can save the teeth from being extracted by seeking appropriate treatment for the early gum/periodontal disease which is causing the gum and tooth problem. Time is of the essence, so you should refrain from attempting a DIY way of fixing the problem. Otherwise, the periodontal disease will progress to a level that makes it no longer possible to save your tooth.

When treating the early periodontal disease, adhere to all the recommendations given to you by Dr. Kacos. For example, he may tell you to reduce the sugary drinks and eats that you consume in order to prevent oral bacteria from multiplying rapidly due to the presence of sugars in your mouth. You will also be told to be more rigorous about your oral hygiene routine so that periodontal disease can be reversed and prevented from recurring.


As already stated, not all tooth infections have to be managed by extracting the affected tooth. Some infections can be treated using antibiotics. Avoid self-medication and see Dr. Kacos so that the right medication can be prescribed for the tooth infection.

You may also need over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription pain medication to relieve the pain caused by the infection. While the painkiller may reduce inflammation, only the antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing the infection. Once the infection is treated, you will retain your tooth.

Note that Dr. Kacos will consider all the options above and select one of them if your tooth can be saved from extraction. By the time a dentist recommends tooth extraction, then the tooth may be so badly infected or damaged that the other options aren’t feasible. Regular dental visits and prompt treatment for any issue can reduce the possibility of an infection worsening to the level of necessitating tooth extraction. It is therefore in your best interest to maintain good oral hygiene in addition to having your teeth cleaned by Shreveport’s dentist at least every six months. An annual dental exam will also bring to light any problem developing and a timely remedy will be implemented.

If anything is amiss with one or more of your teeth, call Dr. Kacos today and get a cost-effective solution to save your teeth.

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