We always take a minimally invasive, gentle approach to dentistry, which means restoring teeth to their natural state with as little damage to their different tissues as possible. However, despite everyone’s best efforts, taking the tooth out is sometimes the best option. Tooth removal is the very last resort for us, and we always try to plan for replacement of the tooth prior to a extraction so you are fully aware of the treatments available.
When you have your appointment with your experienced dentist, they will take the time to carefully examine your mouth, so they can discuss your options and make recommendations based on their assessment of not just your clinical needs, but also your emotional and financial situation. You can have complete confidence that all treatments carried out here at Highfield have your best interests at heart.
What options there are to replace a tooth?
There are several options available for replacing your tooth, including dentures, bridges and implants. Your dentist will take the time to fully explain the treatments that he feels are suitable for you, giving you time to ask questions and to make an informed decision.
Whatever replacement treatment you chose, we want to make sure you always feel relaxed and comfortable when you visit us. We may use a local anaesthetic during your treatment, and can offer oral and intravenous sedation for any patients who are nervous or worried. Once treatment is complete you will be able to eat, speak and smile with confidence once more.
What if I choose not to replace a tooth?
When a tooth root is lost, the surrounding bone is no longer needed and can shrink significantly. Over time this can cause premature ageing in the face, as the cheeks hollow out and the lower jaw recedes, leaving what is known as a witch’s chin. There is also additional strain on the teeth either side of the gap, as they have to work harder during eating to bite or chew food, which could lead to damage or loss of the teeth in the future.
So although you may not feel like you wish to replace the tooth, especially if it is towards the back of your mouth and therefore out of sight, it is certainly recommended that you look to consider treatment in order to prevent longer-term problems.