I Had A Tooth Extracted, Can I Just Leave It Alone?

Damaged Tooth Being Pulled Out Of Gums

Whenever possible, oral surgeons try to save existing, natural teeth. However, when a tooth has undergone extensive damage or decay—or has become a problem for another reason—it sometimes needs to be removed. Yet a tooth extraction is not the end of the story. What happens to the area where the tooth once was? Should it be replaced with a dental implant in Denton, TX? Most dental professionals agree that the answer is, “Yes.” 

Why Replace An Extracted Tooth Immediately?

Teeth serve many purposes. They help us bite, chew, and rip foods. They also enable us to make the sounds we use to form words. They allow us to whistle. And they look beautiful when we smile. However, when a tooth is missing and exposed gums are there, this can pose as a dangerous situation for the exposed area, as bacteria can grow due to food particles getting lodged in the area, along with moisture and a dark area, key components in which bacteria can grow. If left untreated, bacteria growth can lead to systemic health conditions if they travel from the mouth into other parts of the body through the bloodstream. This can potentially lead to issues with the heart, blood, lungs, and other organs. Therefore, it is critical to treat an area where a tooth is missing immediately, including the tooth roots.

Teeth are more than the pearly whites that show above the gumline. A tooth root is just as critical as the top of the tooth. Teeth roots sit deep in the jaw, massaging the surrounding bone. In fact, they “tell” the bone to continuously regenerate and stay strong. When a tooth falls out, gets knocked out, or is extracted, the bone matter stops regenerating. As a result, the shape of the jaw begins to change, which can lead to further bone loss and shifting of adjacent teeth.

Dental Implants: A Preferred Tooth Replacement Solution

Though dental bridges can serve as replacements for missing teeth, they have one major downside: Despite their aesthetic benefits, they do nothing to encourage bone to grow. Only surgically placed dental implants foster bone strength because they are located in the space left behind by the natural tooth.

Receiving a dental implant in Denton, TX, will take more time than having a bridge made. Yet it will also be a permanent solution. In fact, many people who receive dental implants admit that they love the results. Not only can they treat their dental implants like natural teeth, but they can rest easy knowing that their bone health has not been compromised.

Resolve To Replace Missing Teeth With Dental Implants In Denton, TX

Have you had a tooth removed, or are you considering a tooth extraction in the near future? Do not delay considering further treatment to replace the tooth. Instead, talk with an oral surgeon like Dr. Aaron Vickers about your candidacy for placement of dental implants. Dental implants are a great option for smile restoration. However, it is important to choose dental professionals that use high quality dental implants. Materials such as zirconia or titanium are often used to synthesize dental implants and can provide a level of sturdiness and stability, with zirconia offering more durability compared to titanium. Implants can replace a full row of missing teeth using a full arch implant set or individual implants can be placed as needed, and your dental professional should use implants that are made of long-lasting materials. Dr. Vickers brings years of compassion and experience to every patient case and uses high quality materials. In addition to receiving a DDS, he chose to spend extra years at school to become a medical doctor, too. This additional degree helps him bring more knowledge and solutions to the most challenging dental situations.

Dr. Vickers and his partner, Dr. Tamir V. Anver, who is also a medical doctor and oral surgeon, are accepting new patients interested in learning about same-day or single dental implants in Denton, TX. Call (940) 301-3250 to set up an appointment at our Denton office or (469) 498-2080 to schedule a time at the Flower Mound Texas Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants location.

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