Have you recently had a tooth removed or extracted and are wondering if it needs to be replaced? For most situations the answer is yes, the tooth needs to be replaced. The only circumstances that do not require a tooth replacement is when wisdom teeth are removed, a child’s baby tooth is removed, or if a tooth is removed at the request of an orthodontist before treatment is started. Some patients are eager to start on the tooth replacement process, while others may deliberate whether to replace a rear tooth that is not quite as visible. Aside from rear molars not being seen when you smile and speak, there are other factors that can lead to hesitation, such as cost, length of the procedure, and recovery time. Not replacing a tooth can lead to future complications, the need for additional treatments, and added expense.
Are you dealing with missing teeth or teeth that are extremely decayed and are trying to decide which tooth replacement option is best for your budget and lifestyle? No matter the reason for your missing or damaged teeth, it is important to choose a replacement option as soon as possible to restore your oral health. While we would love to have our natural teeth forever, that is not always possible, but there is an option that closely mimics the look and feel of your natural teeth — dental implants.