One of the most important things that dental patients need to consider after having a tooth removed is what type of tooth replacement treatment they are going to choose. Although this may be the very last thing on your mind, it should be at the forefront of your treatment plan.
When you lose a tooth, either from an accident, infection, or some other situation that requires an extraction, that space then affects all of the teeth around it; even the teeth in the opposite arch. Those teeth will then begin drifting out of place, due to excess space. The opposite teeth, which were so used to chewing on the now missing tooth will also seem to sink down into the now open area. A quick tooth replacement treatment will prevent all of this from happening.
Traditionally, one or two teeth were replaced with a fixed dental bridge. Bridges are anchored onto adjacent teeth as long as they are healthy and there is one on either side of the open space. For multiple missing teeth, a removable partial or denture might have been recommended. Now, patients have the option of a permanently fixed tooth replacement option with dental implants. Implants function just like real teeth, and can support a single-tooth crown, dental bridge, or even a full mouth implant denture. Since the artificial root encourages bone development, it also prevents bone loss and tooth shifting which are so common following an extraction.
The sooner you choose to have your fixed implant or other tooth replacement treatment completed, the better you can avoid unnecessary tooth shifting, abnormal wear patterns, or other problems. Talk to your dentist about tooth replacement options before you ever have that problem tooth removed!
Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists
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