February 12, 2018
Living in the Information Era where everything is moving super-fast, it’s easy to get caught in a cycle of making major decisions quicker than you’d probably like to. And unfortunately, this is a phenomenon that impacts every aspect of your life, including your oral health. For this reason, your dentist in Weymouth suggests that before committing to dental work like orthodontics, extractions and fillings, it doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion. As you continue reading, you’ll be educated about how a different perspective can benefit you.
Why Do I Need a Second Opinion Before My Orthodontics Procedure?
Orthodontics involve the treatment of irregularities in the teeth (especially of alignment and occlusion) and jaws, including the use of braces. The term ‘occlusion’ simply refers to the contact between your upper and lower rows of teeth.
There are several ways to correct problems with these imperfections, which is why it’s good to get a second opinion. Here are some options that you may not have known about:
- Six Month Smiles – Many adults desire to have straight teeth and a perfect smile but don’t want to endure the lengthy correction time normally associated with traditional braces. The Six Month Smiles route takes care of those reservations because it focuses on aligning the teeth that are visible. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about metal pieces alerting the world that you have braces, because this method uses brackets and wires made from clear or tooth colored materials.
- Invisalign – Another option available to you is Invisalign. This process uses clear plastic trays that are custom made to comfortably fit your teeth while gradually adjusting them until your desired alignment is achieved. Unlike the Six Month Smiles method, this procedure addresses the alignment of all of your teeth just like traditional braces would, but it differs from the latter in that it doesn’t require any brackets, wires or adjustments from your dentist, and delivers a perfect smile in far less time.
So if it’s been recommended that you wear traditional braces, it’s definitely worth getting a second opinion to entertain the idea of taking a more convenient route like one of those mentioned above.
Should You Get a Second Opinion Before an Extraction?
An extraction is the removal of a tooth and can cause shifting in your other teeth, changes in your jaw alignment and facial structure. This is because every piece of ivory in your mouth is dependent on the tension provided by the others to maintain stability and to signal to your jawbone to produce new material. Therefore, before having this procedure done, it’s worth finding out whether there are ways to save the tooth.
Some possible alternatives are:
- Crowns – The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible and emerges from the gum line. It can be broken or suffer from decay, and when this happens you’ll have the option to either restore it with a crown procedure or extract it. Your dentist will place a new fixture over the damaged area, allowing you to regain your normal function.
- Root Canals – Crowns are also used following root canals, which are used to address teeth that have severe decay. The process involves your oral expert making an incision into the tooth and removing the infected pulp in the inner area, cleaning, filling and sealing it. And as mentioned, a new crown is later added to protect the tooth and restore its function.
So before moving forward with an extraction, it’s a good idea to let another professional take a look to see if you have enough healthy material left to repair and restore your tooth instead of extracting it.
What Type of Fillings Do You Need?
In the past, it was common to expect dental fillings to include amalgam (a metal alloy mixture) as their only option, but thanks to new innovation, there is another option – tooth-colored fillings. Using a composite resin, this process gives you a little bit of two worlds: cosmetic and restorative dentistry wrapped in one. That means that when you smile, nobody will know that you’ve had any procedure done in your mouth. Furthermore, your composite resin fillings will form a tight bond with your teeth, protecting you from reinfection.
With this information, you now have the ability to investigate more of your options. So if you’ve had either an orthodontic procedure, tooth extraction or filling recommended, just reach out to your Weymouth dentist to get a second opinion so that you can get back to the business of living your life as normal.
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Kerr earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stonehill College and then went on to earn his DMD degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In addition, he has completed a core curriculum at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry. Dr. Kerr practices at Columbian Square Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.
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