Losing a tooth or teeth can be very frustrating and problematic. When a tooth is damaged to the point where it cannot be repaired or saved, an extraction is needed to remove the damaged tooth. An extraction is the removal of the entire tooth including the root. Situations that may require a tooth to be extracted are severe decay, an extremely mobile tooth due to periodontal disease, or a non restorable fractured tooth. When an extraction is completed a gap or space is now present. To maintain good dental health it is important that the space is not left. Replacing the missing or extracted tooth or teeth is extremely important for many reasons. Leaving the open space can cause bone loss or bone resorption. Without a tooth root to support the area, the gums and jaw bone begin to deteriorate because there is no stimuli. Also leaving an open space increases the chance of getting gum disease in the area of the missing tooth. Missing teeth can also affect the way you chew and what foods you eat. Each tooth has a roll to play with chewing. When a tooth or several teeth are missing, chewing is significantly altered.
Not only is the open space that is left prone to problems, so are the teeth that are next to the space. Neighboring teeth can be dramatically affected by a space left after an extraction. Leaving a space between teeth can cause the neighboring teeth to super erupt. Super eruption is when the neighboring teeth try to compensate for the missing tooth by growing into the open space. Not only does an open space in the mouth cause teeth to super erupt it can also leave neighboring teeth more prone to decay.
Losing a tooth can cause many problems. Fortunately for patients, missing teeth can be replaced and there are several options to restoring and filling that space.
To learn about the options available, read more about dental implants here.