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.
It may be more cost effective to remove the rotten tooth and use that space to straighten the rest of the teeth. The rotten tooth is REPLACED with a beautiful and healthy smile. That’s a win-win situation, that’s Tooth Replacement Therapy.
What happens after a 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!), this will happen:
- The neighbouring teeth start to drift and fall into the extraction space
- The dental centre line drifts
- Strange small spaces appear, trapping food and become difficult to clean
- With multiple tooth loss, 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
How can braces help me if I have a badly damaged tooth or lost a tooth a long time ago?
Orthodontic treatment using Invisalign or fixed braces can be used to regain spaces because damaged teeth were lost over the years.
The neighbouring teeth are gently moved back to their correct place so that a replacement tooth of a proper size and shape
can be placed in an ideal position. This ensures better aesthetics
and oral function
too.With careful planning with our restorative dentists,
we aim to minimize the number of replacement teeth
for our patients. In cases where multiple teeth have been lost over the years, we can redistribute and consolidate spaces
such that crooked teeth are straightened AND fewer replacement teeth are needed. This creates a beautiful smile and reduces the cost
of restorative dental work.
Now that’s certainly worth smiling about!