Dentists extract thousands of adult teeth each year for a variety of reasons including a tooth that is impacted, has sustained trauma, is too decayed to repair, for tooth overcrowding or to prepare for dental implants or dentures.
There are two main types of tooth extractions: simple and complex. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible and accessible to the dentist. A complex extraction, on the other hand, is required when a tooth is impacted or has not yet erupted through the gum line.
While some teeth can be extracted without complications, others may require a more complex extraction procedure. Impacted teeth, for instance, are embedded in the jawbone and require surgery to remove them. Additionally, some teeth may need to be removed in pieces if they are too decayed or damaged to be extracted whole.
After a tooth is extracted, you may wonder if you need to replace it. The answer depends on several factors including the location of the extracted tooth, your age and your oral health.
Do I Need to Replace a Missing Tooth?
For instance, if you have an impacted wisdom tooth removed, you likely won't need to replace it since wisdom teeth are not required for chewing or speaking. However, if you have a molar extracted due to decay, you may want to consider replacing it with a dental implant to restore chewing function.
What Are Some Tooth Replacement Options?
If you are considering tooth replacement options after an extraction, be sure to discuss your options with your dentist. They will be able to help you choose the best option for your individual needs. Tooth replacement options include:
- Dental Implant - A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jawbone to support a replacement tooth. Dental implants are the strongest and most durable option for tooth replacement.
- Bridge - A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, that is held in place by two dental crowns. Bridges are usually made from porcelain or ceramic, which match the color of your natural teeth.
- Partial Dentures - Partial dentures are removable appliances that replace one or more missing teeth. They are held in place by resting on the remaining teeth and gum tissue. Partial dentures are typically made from acrylic or metal.
Extracting a tooth is a common dental procedure that is usually performed without complications. In most cases, you will not need to replace an extracted tooth. However, there are some instances when tooth replacement may be recommended. Be sure to discuss your options with your dentist to make the best decision for your oral health.
How Can I Avoid Tooth Extraction?
If you take care of your teeth and oral health by eating a healthy diet, flossing, brushing twice a day, having regular dental cleanings and contacting your dentist at the first signs of a dental issue, you can decrease your chances of ever needing a tooth extraction.
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