Tooth Replacement Options After a Tooth Extraction

After you undergo a tooth extraction, you will need to replace the missing tooth or teeth. If the teeth are not replaced, the bones in your mouth can weaken and lose density. Other teeth also might shift, and you might experience trouble eating. Fortunately, you have several replacement options for missing teeth.

1. Dental implant

A dental implant is essentially an anchor used to attach a crown. The implant is placed in the lower or upper jaw and acts as a root. Implants tend to be stable and secure and feel like natural teeth. That makes them a popular choice for people who need a replacement tooth or teeth.

What is involved with dental implants?

First, the implant is placed in the jawbone. Then, the mouth must heal. During the healing phase, the bone actually grows around the implant. This process takes several months.

A crown is placed on top of the implant. This can be done immediately after the implant is placed, or it can be done after the mouth heals.

2. Removable partial dentures

Removable partial dentures can also be used as a replacement after a tooth extraction. These dentures consist of replacement teeth and a base. In addition, the dentist will likely affix a clasp that attaches the denture to the natural teeth to improve stability and function.

Wearing removable partial dentures

People who have removable partial dentures need to keep them in during the day but take them out at night. Follow-up appointments are necessary with these dentures to ensure the proper fit. This reduces the chances of developing sores while wearing dentures.

Repairs are necessary if the removable partial dentures chip or crack. Also, changes to the mouth could cause the dentures to become ill-fitting. If that happens, repairs are necessary.

3. Fixed bridges

Fixed bridges are also a viable option after an extraction. The bridge is cemented or bonded in place and cannot be removed by the wearer. If removal is necessary, the dentist has to do it.

Placing a fixed bridge

The dentist begins the process by preparing the teeth on either side of the gap. The teeth need to be cut down, so they can be connected together with the bridge.

Then, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth. The impression is sent to a lab, where technicians use metal, ceramics or glass-ceramics to make the bridge.

Patients wear a temporary bridge until the permanent one comes in. Then, they go back to the dentist to have the bridge placed.

Tooth replacement is necessary

Replacement of a tooth after its extraction is very important. You can choose between removable partial dentures, fixed bridges and implants. Your dentist will help you determine which choice is right for your specific situation. Then, your dentist will work quickly to provide you with the replacement option you choose.

Once you have your replacement teeth, you will have your smile back and eating will be much easier.

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