In the unfortunate event that your tooth must be removed, you may experience a myriad of unexpected emotions and this is very normal. It is normal to feel sad because you are losing a part of you. But the good news is that we have options to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed during the procedure with laughing gas or an oral sedative.
The good news is that we have options to make sure you are comfortable and relaxed during the procedure with laughing gas or an oral sedative.
Post-tooth removal, there are many options for tooth replacement.
- Removable partial/flipper: This is the most economical option, but also the least comfortable. It will take a few months up to a year for the gum tissue to thicken enough to support the partial comfortably. During this process you will experience sore gums and the partial may need several adjustments. The partial will also always have some movement during speech and eating. Food will always become trapped around the edges. After meals, the appliance needs to be removed, neighboring teeth brushed well and partial rinsed. The tissue also needs to breath at least 6 hours a day so the appliance must be left out during this time. If a partial or denture is worn 24 hours a day, the tissue will continuously be red and inflamed and will not heal properly.
- Single Tooth Implant: This is our most common recommendation due to its high long-term success and ease of cleaning area.
- There is always the option to do nothing and leave the space as well. We will monitor the space for tooth movement and possible eruption into the space of the opposing teeth. Teeth continuously move with time and can cause difficulty cleaning the areas. This results in an increased risk for tooth decay. If there is even a small thought about an implant, we always recommend removing the tooth and placing a bone graft to preserve bone support for future options. Once the tooth is removed, there is no stimulation to the bone itself and it shrinks over time.