missing-tooth-options

In some situations, a tooth extraction might be necessary as part of your oral healthcare. Don’t run and hide; your dentist will ease your fear and make the procedure as painless as possible.

The loss of a tooth can be quite traumatic for some patients, therefore it is important to talk to a dental professional to find out what your options are for filling in the empty space. Some options may include dental implants, bridges, partial dentures or full dentures.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a surgical procedure where an artificial root is placed in your jaw bone to replace the missing tooth. In this phase the new replacement teeth are fabricated and placed on the implants.

Bridges

A bridge uses two healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth to act as anchors for a false tooth or teeth to be fixed in between. These false teeth can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

Dentures

It is recommend, in some situations, extracting all of your teeth. A total extraction may be necessary to make room for dentures. Your dentures can be created for you before your extraction, or made for you after a period of healing. If you have decided ahead of time you would prefer dental implants to secure your dentures, the implants can be placed the same day.

These are a few of the more common options for replacing missing teeth. If you have had a tooth extraction it is important to replace the missing tooth in order to prevent further damage to the surrounding teeth. When you lose a tooth, your mouth becomes destabilized, allowing for the healthy teeth to drift out of position and cause gaps and affecting your bite. Once the root is removed, the bone is no longer stimulated by the forces of chewing and biting. Within the first year following an extraction, there is a 25% decrease in the width of bone in the jaw, while bone height gradually decreases over time. It is best to discuss your options with your dentist so you are well informed on the impact of delaying this process. Able Dental offers no-cost consultations for anyone seeking solutions following a tooth extraction.

 

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