Tooth Replacement Therapy
When a tooth has decayed or is damaged by trauma, cracked or becomes loose due to gum disease, what are we going to do? Should we spend the time, effort and money to repair and save it?
Let’s sit together and discuss.
After weighing the pros and cons of various treatments, sometimes it’s better (and more cost effective!) to remove the rotten tooth and put the extraction space to better use by straightening the rest of the teeth. You exchange the rotten tooth for a beautiful and healthy smile. That’s a win-win situation!
What happens after tooth extraction?
Once the damaged tooth is removed, the pain is gone! We quickly get swept back into the business of everyday life and forget about the extraction space.
- With time, slowly and painlessly (thank goodness!), these happen:
- The neighboring teeth start to shift and fall into the extraction space
- The dental centerline begins to change
- Strange small spaces appear here and there trapping food and lots of coffee stains.
- With multiple tooth lose, the bite collapses, face prematurely ages and lips thin out.
- Soon there won’t be enough space for a replacement tooth of the correct size and shape to be put back into the extraction space.
Braces can be used to regain extraction spaces that has been lost over the years by neighboring teeth that drift into the space, so that a replacement tooth of a proper size and shape can be placed in an ideal position.
With careful planning with our restorative dentists, we aim to minimize the number of replacement units for our patients.