Our goal is always to help you keep and maintain your teeth. But there are several reasons why you might need to have a tooth extracted – infection, fracture, gum disease, tooth decay or for orthodontic reasons. At Dental Direct, we provide a full range of Oral Surgery options – from simple tooth extractions to wisdom teeth removal and dental implant placement.
Before the removal of any tooth, an x-ray will be required to assess whether the tooth can be saved. We will then develop a plan for the treatment required.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS AFTER AN EXTRACTION?
There are four options available
1. Leave the gap
It is very important to take steps to replace a natural tooth after an extraction. Patients can suffer a number of negative consequences if they decide against tooth replacement. A missing tooth can impact your smile and your ability to chew. Leaving a gap can make it harder to restore the space in the future. Adjacent teeth may shift towards the space, throwing off the alignment of the rest of your teeth. The loss of a tooth may shift excess force onto the surrounding teeth, causing them damage. Bone loss also occurs in the area of the missing tooth, which may affect the ability to restore in the future.
2. Partial Denture
This is usually the most economical option. It is a removable device that contains a fake tooth to replace the missing tooth. It helps maintain the alignment of the teeth and gives back some of the chewing function but does not help prevent bone loss where the tooth is missing. The partial denture needs to be taken out at night to clean and allow the tissue to rest.
A dental bridge works by crowning the teeth on either side of the gap, fused to a crown in the middle. If the teeth on either side require crowning, this can be a good option. But there will still be bone loss where the missing roots were and it can be difficult for some patients to floss underneath their bridge resulting in failure of the crowned teeth. If the teeth on either side of the gap are untouched it may be better to consider a dental implant.
Implants are the best option when it comes to returning your mouth to full function after an extraction. An implant acts as artificial tooth root. It provides a replacement tooth, with a lifelike appearance, prevents bone loss and preserves the functionality that the biological tooth contributed in the smile.