A dental extraction is when a tooth is removed either due to excessive damage or decay or to make space for orthodontic procedures.
The procedure is usually performed under a local anesthetic, which means you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. However, if your tooth is impacted, a more complicated procedure may be necessary.
Replacing your extracted tooth is important for several reasons. After a tooth is extracted, the body no longer has a tooth root to stimulate new bone growth. As a result, the bone in the area of the extracted tooth starts to resorb (deteriorate). If too much of the bone resorbs, the area will be unsupported, and this can lead to problems with your bite. You may also notice that your adjacent teeth start to shift toward the empty space.
In addition, a missing tooth can have a significant impact on your appearance, causing you to look older. Replacing an extracted tooth will also help maintain the shape of your face.
Thanks to the advancements in modern dentistry, several tooth replacement options are available now to help patients restore the aesthetics and functionality of their smiles.
They include the following:
A dental implant is a small post that is surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw bone. Made of titanium, this small post integrates with your jawbone to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown of the tooth. To replace the tooth with a dental implant, we place a dental implant root in your jawbone and then allow your gums to heal around it. Once the implant has healed, we attach a post to the dental implant root. This post will act as your new tooth root. We place an artificial tooth on top of the implant post, which allows you to eat and smile confidently again.
Resin-bonded bridges are an option to replace several missing teeth in a row. They consist of two crowns on either end, which are bonded to a row of replacement teeth. Traditional bridges use crowns secured to healthy teeth as anchors.
False teeth, or dentures, are removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures:
At Stonewall Dental Associates, we provide the best teeth replacement solutions to our patients with missing teeth using state-of-the-art dental techniques and equipment.
Stonewall Dental Associates, located in Manassas, VA, is equipped with efficient dentists and modern amenities that enable the best dental care facilities for the patient. Dial (703) 368-1000 and schedule a consultation with the dentist to know more about dental tips and receive a complete dental checkup for you and your family.
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