What happens to the empty space in your mouth once a tooth or teeth is extracted?
It’s important to consider how the space will be filled once the extraction is completed. If nothing is done with an extraction site, the jaw bone can degenerate and change shape as it heals, causing your teeth to shift. If teeth shift, problems can be created with your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew.
The one exception is the wisdom teeth. Because they are located in the back of the mouth, the site will heal on its own, usually without complications.
If a dental implant is to fill the space, 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.
At Riverview Dental, Dr. Singh welcomes a conversation about what you would like to do with the extraction site before removing any teeth. Dr. Singh will make a recommendation and prepare a treatment plan. Be sure to schedule follow-up appointments so the extraction site can receive proper care.