Hopeless teeth, what are they?
Causes of hopeless teeth
Before a tooth is damaged so badly, that it can not be saved, it’s likely that the tooth was affected by untreated dental caries and decay, infection, or gum (periodontal) problems for a longer period of time. Decay can start with a chip or the buildup of plaque, causing gum disease and cavities.
Once the cavities reach the deeper layers of the tooth, it’s irreversible and this is where your tooth starts to break down. Teeth can become hopeless when the remaining tooth structure is minimal and not viable for predictable repair or restoration, or when the supporting structures of the tooth are too diseased.
How are hopeless teeth assessed and treated?
When you present us with a severely diseased tooth, it may be caused by restorative work that has broken down badly, or you may have injured yourself, or it may be long-term dental or gum problems that have been left unattended.
Whatever the cause, we first aim to assess the health of the remaining part of your tooth, and its surrounding supportive gum and bone. This means that it’s all about evaluating the health and quality of what remains below your gum line.
Then, we can develop a holistic oral care plan to replace what is missing or what needs removal or repair, tailored to your functional and cosmetic expectations. Before we diagnose you with “hopeless teeth” or a “terminal teeth” we will do everything we can to maximise your options, and to aim for the best possible outcome. Even if you think a specific tooth or teeth look “hopeless”, many times the teeth can actually be saved and restored, lasting for many more years if successfully treated by our Perth dentists. However if this is not possible or suitable for you, we will give you full advice and have the most advanced long term replacement solutions with dental implants, which can rescue your smile and function from even the most dire dental situations.
Many hundreds of patients with hopeless teeth have even had their smiles fully restored in minimal visits under the comfort of our sleep dentistry solutions.