Can extracting a tooth really benefit your smile?
Removing a damaged tooth can actually protect the rest of your teeth. That’s because if the tooth is damaged, infected, or has a large cavity, there is always a potential for that infection to spread. The infection can harm other teeth and cause you a lot of discomfort.
Most of the time we will try to preserve the tooth with a filling, or root canal. If the damage is too extensive, however, pulling it may be the best way to save your future smile.
Common reasons for extracting a tooth usually include:
- Loosened by Advanced Gum Disease
- Infection Inside the Tooth
- Large Cavities Too Big to Fill
- Cracked Roots
- Large Fractures in the Crown of the Tooth
Replacing Your Extracted Teeth
Why is it so important to replace teeth after they have been extracted? Because that open space can allow other teeth to start leaning or shifting into it. Even the opposite tooth that the missing tooth once bit against could start to erupt further out of place.
When teeth shift out of place like that, it can affect your entire bite. Teeth can start to experience uneven wear over time. They are harder to keep clean when they are tilted out of place and they can even cause you some discomfort. It’s a good idea to maintain that space after a tooth is extracted.
How to Replace Your Missing Tooth
Replacing your tooth is the best way to maintain proper teeth spacing, aesthetics and function. Dr. Sekhon offers many types of tooth replacement options, including dental implants, bridges, partials and dentures. No single replacement option is right for everyone.
If you need to have a tooth replaced after an extraction, a personalised consultation will help you determine which procedure is best for you. All treatment is provided by a general dentist. For more complex cases, we often refer our patients to a specialist for treatment. We also offer oral pathology.