Tooth Extraction Alternative Choices 2024....

Alternatives to Extracting Teeth or complete Tooth loss

Do you want to avoid your tooth/teeth being extracted out if at all possible?
Alternatives options to extractions and tooth loss or restoring the gaps left by lost teeth exist and include Dental Tooth Implants, mini Implants, Minimplants® , immediate Dental Implants, Root Canal treatments, tooth Crowns, Bridges, Veneers, Precision Dentures, Tooth Bleaching, Teeth Whitening, Cosmetic Bonding, Latest Ceramic Restorations, Second Specialist Opinions, Smile Profiling, Gum Diseases Treatment or fixes for Tooth wear and worn, uneven teeth too.
Even if you are very Anxious or Nervous and this has made you avoid necessary dental treatments in the past, Dr.Kilcoyne can spend the time and use his expertise to help you help yourself get the benefits of modern dental care - it's never to late to start and we have helped 1000's to save some or even all of their teeth too.

For more information about our Dental tooth Implants to replace missing teeth specifically, then click Dental Tooth Implants to restore missing teeth

Here at the SmileSpecialist Centre because we are 100% Private and thus, you totally fund your time and our expertise, you can be assured that there are no System compromises or restrictions imposed externally upon your dental care!

 Sometimes though there is no suitable alternative to extraction; your tooth may have to be removed because the decay doesn't leave enough sound tooth to be useful, even after root canal treatment and crowning, or the gum disease is so bad that loss of the underneath bone and gums means the tooth is very loose and cannot firm up after extensive or deep gum treatments, or trauma has resulted in fractured teeth or broken and cracked roots, requiring at least some extractions. But, sometimes a tooth or even many teeth can be saved, using some advanced Restorative and Cosmetic dental treatment alternatives too.

See below for just some examples where people had been advised that maybe tooth-loss and dentures was their only or likely alternative. Dr.Kilcoyne can't save every tooth of course, but even where he can't there is often an alternative to complete tooth loss, that would meet your needs in a way you'd be happy with!

Teeth problems fixed at

Other possible alternatives to ALL teeth out and Dentures can include the following:

1. Root canal therapy to remove dead/dying or infected nerves, usually followed by placement of a crown.

2. Deep gum treatment for Gum Disease, to improve foundations around the tooth.

3. Surgery - usually bone grafting or root amputation/apicectomy to keep the good bit of tooth.

4. Delaying treatment - this is not recommended. The problem will only worsen over time, with further complications, bone loss and pain likely.

5. Advanced Crown or Bridgework to fix and replace teeth.

6. Dental Tooth Implants to replace a tooth that cannot be saved.

Why not check out the rest of our website for more information on these alternatives or even better, book yourself in for a Specialist Opinion from Dr.Kilcoyne on how best any alternatives to restore or replace teeth can best be done for your particular and unique situation.


Dr.Kilcoyne is a UK registered Specialist in Prosthodontics (GDC No.58373) which includes The Functional and Cosmetic Dentistry aspects of Crowns, Dental Implants, Bridges, Veneers, Fillings, Dentures, Bonding etc. Please go to our MAKE an APPOINTMENT page to access his Expertise.

The PLANNING of Treatment Options is just as important as the Quality of Treatment - Dr.Kilcoyne can help you get both right, first time!


Root Canal treatment is probably the commonest alternative to losing the tooth, where there has been a lot of decay that has gone deeper and reached the nerve. If the bone around the tooth is infected, this condition will also worsen also but as long as the Gum and Bone support is reasonable, a root Canal treatment has an 85% chance of working. The sooner this is done though the better, otherwise the tooth could become unsavable if it all rots away.

However, when decay has progressed to the point where the tooth has to be removed, it is crucial to treat the problem as soon as possible. Otherwise, the infection will spread to other teeth, or worse yet, to the rest of your body. Jaw infections can even be life-threatening and still in the 21st Century, healthy adults die from blood-poisoning infections from tooth abscesses. Remember, it's often important to replace a tooth after it's been extracted. A vital missing tooth can set off a chain reaction in your mouth, resulting in many new problems, such as drifting teeth or over-eruption and occlusal or even TMJ problems. Losing a tooth is like losing 2 chewing teeth (the one opposite is useless), so more pressure may be put upon the remaining teeth, causing them overload or other complications too!

The Picture below shows teeth that are in a poor state, mainly through Diet that feeds the Bacteria with Sugar often and a lack of ToothBrushing the Teeth and Gums to remove the damaging Plaque layer of bacteria, which then invade the teeth and gums and rot and infect everything, as well as getting into your bloodstream. Thus if the patient isn't willing to improve their diet and cleaning habits, this will all just OCCUR AGAIN and the Teeth will be lost. However with deeper gum cleanings and treatment, fillings and possible Root Canal treatment if decay has gone deep near the nerve, even this mouth could have the Teeth saved IF the Dentist is free to do their Best and the Patient changes some bad habits and neglect too!

Gum Disease and Decay can be Treated to save Teeth

There are a number of Extraction alternatives where you may save a tooth from Extraction using more advanced options or you still have to lose say the worst tooth that if kept would compromise other teeth, but then the others can be saved by a variety of options - that's why you need a detailed Examination first so that you can be given an accurate assessment of which teeth are savable, the time and costs involved nd of course, how to prevent the same thing happening again in the future and losing teeth again later on.

Other possible Cosmetic Dentistry plans include bleaching ALL the natural teeth first that show in your smile. Although this won't lighten artificial materials such as Fillings, Crowns or Veneers, these can then be replaced (especially if old/discoloured) to match the "new" lighter bleached colour, so the whole smile improves and can dramatically improve the cosmetic aspects of your smile, at a low biological cost and can be combined with other dental treatments too!

You can Click on  more Tooth Whitening Info. near Leeds here or use our Treatment tab top of page to search there.

Certainly in the USA, there is a much greater tendency to have teeth bleached as white as possible, with earlier orthodontic braces having expanded the arch Cosmetically so that there appears to be a great wall of even teeth when smiling. This though, breaks the rules for "naturally" beautiful smiles, following instead the "hollywood" rules for extreme fashion demands. This "Hollywood" influence is becoming more prominent now in the UK too, via film, fashion magazines, Celebrities etc.
Indeed, many American Film Stars have their teeth bleached very regularly, or even Veneered or if teeth are weak, then Cosmetic Crowns too!

Whiter teeth are becoming more in demand in the UK too, especially after Smile makeover programmes filmed in London costing £30,000 plus per case, but we can often provide just as impressive work as the most fashionable London Dental Clinics and Spas, at a Specialist standard and for a lot less cost too in most cases.
So you need to decide are we worth the trip from say London to our SmileSpecialist® Centre here in Yorkshire ?
Literally hundreds upon hundreds think we are, of course having a 30+ year track record and being Specialist trained helps too!

We find most people in the UK want lighter and Natural looks, but some still want "ultra" Hollywood white - We can do either as requested!From Quite Light to Ultra-White in 1 hour with Dr.Kilcoyne

The above result shows teeth whitening from shade D3 to shade B1 - a great result that possibly avoids the need for Crowns or Veneers!

It is all a matter of personal taste, but anyone who has perfectly straight, ultra white teeth, hasn't usually acquired them naturally. In the USA though, this falseness is perfectly acceptable and one only has to look in the glossy magazines to see that cultural Cosmetic Dentistry change creeping over to the UK too.

However, one can still achieve excellent Cosmetic improvements in shade, shape, arrangement etc. that looks both beautiful AND natural, without overdoing it ! It all really depends upon personal taste, modern techniques and your existing Dental condition as to the final smile profile that can be achieved for you.

Dental Crowns and Precision Dentures

Even where Crowns and precision part-Dentures are needed, there are many Cosmetic alternatives that can be made to look whiter yet "natural".
See the pictures below where we have all Ceramic Crowns, tooth-coloured clasps and even matched gum-work on the Denture so that it blends in naturally.


Ceramic Crowns + Cosmetic Denture and Clasps by Dr.Kilcoyne

The picture of the work on the fitting model above, is shown so that you can tell what we have done in the mouth, which I'm sure you agree is difficult to know they are all Crowns with a Denture and Clasps there, even with the lips pulled aside for the photo on the right hand side above!

Dr.Kilcoyne says, "That's why I love my job, it is both highly skilled and highly artistic and whatever your particular needs and budget, we have the experience, knowledge and skills to help you achieve a naturally, beautiful smile you can be proud of!

I can honestly say I have NEVER made or fixed any teeth in an identical way in 30+ years, they ALL continue to be hand-crafted and Unique for every single patient. my work is as individual and special as you are."

Dr.Kilcoyne is a UK registered Specialist in Prosthodontics (GDC No.58373) which includes The Functional and Cosmetic Dentistry aspects of Crowns, Dental Implants, Bridges, Veneers, Fillings, Dentures, Bonding etc. We have Specialist expertise in these areas but despite the PLENTIFUL information on this website, as an Individual you still need a personal consultation, because everyone IS different and unique (thank goodness), you are not some mass-produced robot or disposable DVD made on a conveyor belt, thus our personalised Expertise is invaluable to advise you further which options WILL and WON'T suit your own longer-term needs best.


Get Dr.Kilcoyne's Specialist opinion so you know all YOUR choices, timescales and costs from someone with over 35 years of Experience.

Dental tooth Implants are an increasingly common choice, because they are the closest thing we have to replacing individual teeth with something fixed-in and very similar. The next commonest choice is bridgework with non-metal containing bridges like ceramic Zirconia as or Cosmetic Bridges meeting the increasingly higher Cosmetic demands of 21st century society. Ceramic Crowns can be put upon Implants too or even just a few implants can hold a whole denture in securely than just depending upon shrunken gums to do it alone - there are many more choices, benefits and prices to consider.

See the pictures below of Dental Implants where there is less bone than normal for Implants:

Implants in less bone Implant carrying Crown Measuring bone in 3D

However the increased planning and expertise needed to do Implants well means the costs and complexities involved are higher than for average dentistry, but be VERY careful if tempted by high promises and low prices in Countries abroad, see the  Possible serious Dangers of Dentistry Abroad page.

Dr.Kilcoyne is a fully registered UK Specialist in Prosthodontics ,which includes Teeth Implants, Crowns, Veneers, Dentures, Bonding etc, to Restore or Replace teeth functionally and cosmetically so you can have a Smile that you can be proud of, without compromise. Yes all this expertise, experience and excellent track-record have a price, but we still believe it is Good Value for the level of Specialist Quality one is getting and can be confident in.

Dr.Kilcoyne and the SmileSpecialist Centre have the Options, Specialist Expertise and Experience to help YOU!

Dr.Kilcoyne has won National Prizes for the Quality of Patient Services, so you don't have to compromise !

Only your Dentist or Specialist can give you individual advice after examining you.

You can use the above website menu or just click-a-link here for Specialist or Advanced aspects of Tooth VeneersTooth WhiteningDental Tooth Implants and smaller Mini-ImplantsDental Ceramic CrownsGum Diseases and Bad Breath or Root Canal treatments are just some of the subjects you can learn more about here on our award winning dental website

The PLANNING of Treatment Options is just as important as the Quality of Treatment - Dr.Kilcoyne can help you get both right, first time!

Dr.Tony Kilcoyne BDS;LDS;MGDSRCS(Eng);M.Med.Sci.(U.Sheff.);FFGDP(UK) GDC Registered Specialist in Prosthodontics,

GDC number 58373, see to check Dr.Kilcoyne's genuine Specialist credentials.

*Dr.Kilcoyne is a UK registered Specialist in Prosthodontics (GDC No.58373) which includes The Functional and Cosmetic Dentistry aspects of Crowns, Dental tooth Implants, Bridges, Veneers, Fillings, Dentures, Bonding etc. Please go to our MAKE an APPOINTMENT page to access his Expertise.