When a tooth is damaged to the point where it can’t be repaired, dentists often recommend extracting it. But what happens to the gap it leaves behind? As is the case with a missing tooth, most of us would want to replace it so we can restore the look and function of our smile. That replacement usually comes in the form of a bridge, dentures or a dental implant (the preferred choice of dentists).
Getting dental implants after teeth extraction comes with many questions, however. The answer to these questions ultimately depends on your unique situation and the health of your mouth, but here are some of the more common ones:
Do I Really Need a Tooth Extraction?
Severely damaged or decayed teeth can cause an infection. This can not only spread to the rest of your mouth, but can possibly impact your heart and other vital organs. If no other treatment will cure the infection, a tooth extraction is the only option.
Can I Get Dental Implants in the Same Visit as Extracting My Teeth, or Do I Have to Wait?
Whether you can get a dental implant placed soon after an extraction depends on the amount of bone in the area of the extracted tooth. Technically, it is possible to do it shortly after the extraction, but it’s usually recommended to wait 2-3 months so your mouth can heal properly and the implant can be adequately planned.
Can You Get Replacements for All Extracted Teeth?
Yes! Dental implants are great for replacing everything from one tooth to an entire set of teeth. Multiple implants can even be done at the same time, making them ideal for cases with multiple tooth extractions or missing teeth.
If you have a recent tooth extraction or are considering one in the future and would like to know if you’re a candidate for dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Beltran today!
More Reasons You Don’t Want to Ignore Failing or Bad Teeth:
Your teeth do not stand alone. They are part of a complex, integrated system. That is why each individual tooth plays such an important role. Every single tooth ensures, for example, that
the teeth in front and behind stay aligned.
When we chew, a healthy tooth strengthens the quality of the jawbone and helps prevent bone loss. Missing teeth, on the other hand, can cause the jawbone to shrink. This is because the bone is no longer stimulated during chewing. Physical changes to the face are a frequent result. You begin to look
older than you really are.
Fortunately, modern dental technology at Beltran Dental Surgery can bring your life back to normal again. By replacing missing teeth, gradual bone resorption can be stopped. As a result, further potential tooth loss can be prevented. In fact, with the right care and expertise, you can have teeth that are strong and that look and feel natural.