Back teeth, including molars and wisdom teeth, are some of the most common teeth to have issues. These issues include cavity development as well as decay that leads to root canals. It can start out with one or two cavities, but over time your back teeth may seem to have issues during every single appointment. If this is the case, you may want to stop the usual course of treatment and resort to more drastic measures. Here are three steps to getting a completely new set of back teeth.
Talk over the course of treatment with your dentist
It is possible that you and your dentist may not feel the same way about your dental treatment. Some dentists may want you to try root canals and crowns before you replace teeth entirely or have any teeth pulled. Talk to your dentist at a regular checkup about what you wish to do and why. If the pain of root canals and getting failed cavities refilled is taking a toll on you, you should let your dentist know why you are making this choice.
Start getting teeth pulled slowly
It is often a good idea to spread out your tooth extractions rather than getting several pulled at once. Getting teeth pulled is often painful after the fact. While the actual pulling will not be painful with anesthetic, you will have to deal with the pain and swelling afterward. It will not be possible to eat normal food for a few days, and you will have to be sure that you keep the sockets clean. This means that you may have to take a day or two off work several times in order to be able to heal from each tooth extraction. Create a schedule that will allow you to pull the worst teeth first plus give you the ability to chew on each side of your mouth equally.
Choose between dentures and implants
Once you have your teeth pulled, you will need to choose between implants or dentures. Dentures can be done quickly and will allow you to remove the teeth when necessary. Implants must be put in one at a time but are permanent and just like teeth. If you are not sure which one you would prefer, you can try dentures first, then go for the implants later on. Be sure to ask your dentist to prepare your gums for implants right after your teeth are pulled if you would prefer implants.