Sometimes, no matter how well you care for teeth, there are occasions when a tooth requires removal. This could be the result of a sports injury or, perhaps from grinding or clenching, a tooth cracks below the gum line and eventually breaks.
When removal is necessary, replacing the tooth with a dental implant at the same time is the ideal solution for several reasons. First, the former tooth root’s angle and shape make insertion of the dental implant a simple process, eliminating drilling that would normally be required.
Secondly, a replacement tooth is immediately attached in most cases. You’re advised to avoid biting or chewing directly on that tooth for a time while the bone grows around the implant, securing it in place. However, you’ll never be without a tooth.
Also, the gum contours around the tooth and the gum ‘points’ between the teeth on each side can be preserved. These tend to flatten out when teeth are removed and require gum recontouring by laser dentistry to truly reshape to a natural appearance. Immediate placement of implants after tooth removal preserves this, giving you a beautiful result.
Dental implants also mean you avoid having to use neighboring teeth as supports as with crown-&-bridge combinations. And, because dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, they make an excellent investment.
If you find yourself dealing with a tooth removal, chin up! Dental implants give you a terrific tooth replacement option!