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Missing Tooth Replacement


Many patients ask us what will happen after an extraction. When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so those sites will heal on their own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove a tooth in another location, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew.

If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw bone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift.

As your dental care team, we're always open to a conversation regarding what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. We can then make a recommendation and lay out a treatment plan. Make sure to avoid drinking through a straw for several days; then schedule your follow up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.

Tupelo Dentists, Dr. Beth Shelton and Dr. William L. Hood provide Missing Tooth Replacements and much more to the following locations: Tupelo, Lee County and surrounding areas.