John Joseph, DMD, talks about the causes of tooth decay and how, nowadays, losing teeth is a last resort.
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Are there cases where it’s better for someone to get rid of their teeth rather than try to save them? Dr. John Joseph: That’s probably the very, very last resort and we do so many things to try to prevent that that is the absolute. We only do that if the decay is so significant that there’s just no way that we can save the teeth, and even then we try to do a lot of things we can do. But now we have implants that if we have to lose teeth that we can placed this implant as the old screws into the jaw that we can actually put artificial teeth in there, so we try not to put people in dangers are. In the old days, that was the only avenue we have, but these days and times there are so many things we can do. There are the root canals we take the nerve out of the teeth and that leaving other pulp around the teeth that we can save teeth that we never could save before. How a person’s family history play a role in dental health? Dr. John Joseph: Absolutely, I mean that plays a part. I mean it’s not the most important part but it plays a part. Some people unfortunately, that especially with periodontal disease some people have a history for that, and they got to stay on top of it. But so many of these things we can prevent even if they have a gene. If genetically they are predisposed for these types of problems if they come in early or they come in routinely, we can correct so many of these problems. We can stay on top of it and we can prevent it from ever from this problem being great.