Replacing Your Tooth After An Extraction

Prairie Village, KS, dentist offers replacements after emergency tooth extractions

In a recent blog, we discussed that removing a tooth may be necessary for your oral health. This may be done if it is severely damaged or poses a risk to your other dental structures. Having gaps throughout your smile can make it difficult to chew and speak, so the removed one may need to be replaced. Dr. Browne’s emergency team in Prairie Village, KS, can help create lifelike restorations so that you can have a fully functioning smile.

When Removal Is Necessary

Extracting one of your pearly whites is often a last resort to keep your oral cavity healthy. This may be done if the area has been severely harmed and cannot be restored. For instance, if you have had a severe cavity before that has been treated with a root canal and the area gets re-infected, it may be recommended to remove it. This will help relieve discomfort that can occur from a severe cavity and protect the rest of your smile from an infection. Removal may also be necessary if the structure is broken beyond repair. In many cases, a dental crown can protect and restore the damage.

Why Teeth Need To Be Replaced

It is important that if one of your pearly whites is taken out it is replaced. This is because missing even just a single dental structure can cause problems for the rest of your oral cavity. Depending on which structure was removed, you may notice a difference in your ability to chew and speak, which can be a frustrating problem. Having a missing tooth can also cause your jaw to weaken over time if it is not replaced, which can decrease the function of your smile. Missing a tooth may also cause feelings of self-consciousness and may affect your confidence.

Discussing Your Replacement Options

If your tooth needs to be removed for an emergency treatment plan, your dentist will discuss the replacement options beforehand. The type of prosthetic used will depend on your personal needs, your health, and other factors. Implants are often used to mimic both the visible part and crown of your lost tooth. With this option, a post is inserted below your jawbone to create a sturdy base. This post will fuse with your bone in a natural process. After this has occurred, the abutment and crown can be added. The crown is the part that mimics the visible area of your dental structure. Other options for tooth replacement could include a bridge or dentures. Dental bridges can replace up to three missing teeth in a row, whereas dentures are used to address more severe loss.

Talk To Our Team Today

To schedule an appointment with our team, call Dr. Browne in Prairie Village, KS, today at 913-901-8585.