Tooth Replacement Options after an Extraction

Tooth Replacement Options after an Extraction

March 1, 2023

Dentists are professionals working diligently to safeguard your teeth. Still, they need to consistently achieve their goal of avoiding tooth extractions for reasons like injuries, infection, or health conditions affecting the mouth. When dentists recommend tooth extractions, they also realize the removal impacts your mouth functionality and appearance and recommend seeking replacement options for the extracted tooth soon after getting it removed.

Dentists suggest replacement options include partial or complete dentures, fixed or removable bridges, and dental implants. Before selecting a replacement option, it helps to discuss your needs with your dentist to understand the benefits and downsides of the replacement options. It enables you to make an informed decision while making you a participant in your tooth replacement procedure.

Why Edentulous Sockets Are Better Closed After Tooth Removal

An edentulous socket is a void left by the missing tooth, which you may think is insignificant if the tooth extracted was not located in the aesthetic zone. Regardless of the tooth’s location, you start confronting the consequences of tooth removal soon after the dentist near South Granville in Vancouver completes the extraction.

Missing teeth make you a victim of several consequences, making it imperative to search for a replacement option for the vacant tooth socket. For example, your remaining teeth start moving toward the empty void creating a bad bite and giving your teeth a deceptive appearance. In addition, the teeth in the opposing jaw also move upwards or downwards to fill the void. As a result, your chewing and biting ability become impacted, leaving you malnourished or confronting problems with indigestion.

You cannot expect a new tooth to emerge in your jaw after you are through with the tooth extraction in Vancouver because permanent teeth never regenerate as they did during childhood. However, you can replace them using the options suggested above to maintain your mouth’s integrity.

Besides the problems you confront described above, a missing tooth also begins deteriorating your jaw to make you appear older by giving you a sagging appearance. In addition, the tooth socket becomes a breeding ground for food particles to remain trapped to create additional infections. Therefore you must aim to discuss tooth replacement solutions with the Vancouver dentist performing tooth extraction near you.

Replacement Solutions for Teeth after an Extraction

After removing a tooth, the Vancouver dentist evaluates your oral health by taking x-rays to determine jawbone density, the health of the neighboring teeth, your budget, and insurance coverage to determine which replacement option best suits your needs. They offer you the following suggestions as optimal for replacing missing teeth.

  • Dental Implants: If you have adequate jawbone, are without financial constraints, and have good oral and overall health, the dentist suggests dental implants considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. Implants closely resemble the natural teeth after embedding them in your jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. However, getting dental implants requires surgery and plenty of healing time, enabling the titanium post embedded in your jawbone to fuse with your body can become a part of it. Dental implants also help prevent jawbone deterioration and become a permanent solution for missing tooth or teeth because they don’t ever need replacements.
  • Fixed or Removable Bridges: Dental bridges are another option if you don’t want to endure the surgical process of having dental implants embedded in your jaw. Depending on your situation, you can consider fixed or removable bridges to replace the missing tooth after the dentist prepares the healthy neighboring teeth to accommodate dental crowns, holding a dental bridge in between. Fixed or removable dental bridges are suitable solutions for replacing missing teeth if you cannot have dental implants.
  • Complete or Partial Dentures: Depending on how many teeth you have extracted, you can consider full or partial dentures sitting on your gums without needing extensive procedures like filing healthy neighboring teeth or surgery to have replacement teeth in your mouth within a six to eight months after getting your teeth removed.

The replacement options discussed help restore your mouth functionality, appearance, and smile while preventing infections from developing because of the missing teeth. While dental implants remain excellent as missing tooth replacement solutions, dental bridges and dentures are similar and will likely not disappoint you after you get them in your mouth.

Phoenix Dental Implant and Invisalign Center suggest replacing missing or extracted teeth as soon as possible using one of the abovementioned solutions. They also provide replacement solutions that help restore your mouth functionality after tooth removal. Consult them today if you must have teeth extracted to discuss replacement solutions suitable for you from them.