When extracting a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is extracted. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove another tooth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew. whenever teeth have room to move, they do, creating malocclusion (bad bite)!
Extracted teeth must be replaced to restore your bite. and prevent bone loss. With a healthy tooth or dental implant, bone is loaded ( similar to weight bearing exercise) and will maintain itself. In the presence of periodontal or gum disease, the bone will shrink, as much as 50% in the first 6 months foloowing extraction. The best time to preserve bone is immediately! Bone can be augmented through various techniques, such as sinus augmentation. The longer you wait, the more bone has to be rebuilt, requiring more work and more cost.
If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw bone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift.
Dr. Plawner and the North Broad Dental staff are always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. They will be able to make a recommendation , layout a treatment plan, and develop an affordable budget. Make sure to schedule follow up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.