Do You Need to Replace an Extracted Tooth?

Do You Need to Replace an Extracted Tooth

We are all blessed with two beautiful sets of teeth. However, since we have 32 teeth during adulthood, some people believe that losing one or two isn’t a big deal. They believe that the remaining teeth will just carry the weight of the lost ones and the oral environment will not be affected much. Sadly, this is just not true. We have 32 teeth for a reason, and each one performs a function inside the delicate balance of the mouth. For that reason, one tooth lost throws the entire balance into disarray. Therefore, if your question is “do you need to replace an extracted tooth?” the answer is a resounding YES, and as soon as possible. (This does not apply to wisdom teeth.)

Why Are Teeth Extracted?

Let’s start first with the reasons behind losing one’s teeth. The 3 most common causes of teeth loss are:

1. Decay

When decay reaches the point that the tooth can’t be fixed, then it must be removed to prevent further harm.

2. Periodontal Disease

Minor gum disease can usually be treated. However, severe periodontal diseases can eat away at the bone and cause teeth to become loose. This usually results in the removal of those teeth.

3. Trauma

Whether from fights or accidents, trauma can knock the tooth out of the mouth entirely. Impact may also break a large part of it, rendering it non-restorable with conventional means.

Do You Need to Replace an Extracted Tooth?

Absolutely, and the sooner the better. As we explained before, the oral environment is very delicate and very balanced. All the oral structures – teeth, gums, muscles, and bones – work together in harmony to function for speech and chewing.

Here is What Could Happen if a Tooth is Lost:

  • Teeth beside the space start to tilt into the space.
  • The teeth in the opposite arch begin to elongate since nothing is stopping or opposing them.
  • Bone beneath the gap starts to recede.
  • The muscles of the tongue and cheek relax into the gap, and you end up biting them both.
  • Speech, chewing, biting, and even opening your mouth can be affected.
  • The appearance is compromised, especially if the tooth is in the front of your mouth.

How to Replace Missing Teeth?

There are 3 main options to replace missing teeth.

  1. Dentures
  2. Bridges
  3. Dental Implants

Each option has its merits and drawbacks. Ultimately, the choice depends on many factors such as:

  • The location of the missing tooth
  • The condition of the bones
  • Your dentist’s advice
  • And, of course, finances

We can help you make the right choice. Visit one of our offices to schedule a consultation and explore all your teeth replacement options.

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