Is it really necessary to have my extracted tooth replaced; What is the worst that can happen
I have so often heard people ask the question, " Is it really necessary to have my extracted tooth replaced; What is the worst that can happen?"
In my 35 years as a practicing periodontist, I engaged many of my patients in this conversation. One of the most powerful insights I learned after answering so many questions, about all sorts of subjects, was perhaps the best way to help someone understand something is to show them a PICTURE. My experience is that with the old saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words" truer words were never spoken.
So, just observe the photo at the top of this article, and note some of the negative consequences of having a first molar removed and not replaced:
- the teeth on either side of the missing tooth collapse in.
- the opposing tooth extrudes and comes down into the new space.
And what you do not see are the periodontal problems that often develop as all these teeth shift, and perhaps most importantly, normal biting function on the entire side may be significantly compromised.
With every aspect of your dental treatment, I would urge you, if you do not understand what your dentist is trying to explain to you, ask to be shown a picture.
We at Global Dental Healthcare are here to help you in any way that we can. We strongly believe that it is essential for people to understand the treatment that is being proposed. We have been in clinical practice for a combined 70+ years and we have learned a great deal about the best way to help our patients understand their treatment. We will be happy to help you. We will discuss in future articles the various options to replace a missing tooth.