Oftentimes, we're discussing with patients options to replace a missing tooth or replace several missing teeth. What people need to understand is there's really only four options. You either leave the tooth out and live with it, which sometimes people tend to do. If we're talking about replacing the tooth, there's non-removal options and there are removable options. Removable options to replace a missing tooth, we're typically talking about removal partial denture of some sort. It comes in and out of the mouth. Oftentimes, that's a choice that people go to simply from an economic standpoint. It can be less costly, but the cons, you have a big piece of hardware. It tends to be uncomfortable, and a lot of people don't like having that extra hardware in their mouth. The non-removable options get in to either a traditional bridge or an implant with a crown on it. There's pros and cons to both. A traditional bridge is where you're missing a tooth and we actually crown the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and attach an artificial tooth to the middle, so it gets cemented on as one piece. That's what was the traditional non-removal option before dental implants. The cons to a bridge is you actually have two teeth attached. If you get a cavity on one tooth, the whole thing typically has to be replaced. With the option of a dental implant, we essentially replace the missing tooth with an implant that sticks up out of the gum and essentially allows us to put a crown on it as a separate restoration. Then you don't have to grind down the teeth on either side of it and you don't have to connect them together. If there's ever a problem with any one of those teeth, the teeth get treated individually.
Do you have a severe toothache? If you are in need of a tooth removal or extractions, contact George A. Hoop, DDS, PA today! Whether you visit our Fort Myers, FL or Naples, FL dentist office, Dr. George Hoop and our compassionate team will relieve your pain and get rid of your problem teeth!
Always Providing Gentle Extractions
At George A. Hoop, DDS, PA we’ll do everything we can to preserve your natural teeth. But if your tooth is severely damaged or infected, it may be beyond repair. In this situation, the best thing to do for your oral and overall health is remove the tooth.
Before we recommend tooth removal or extractions, we will conduct a dental exam and carefully evaluate your situation using state-of-the-art dental technology, including:
- Digital X-rays
- Intraoral cameras and scanners
- 3D cone beam CT scans
If you need a tooth removed, we will explain each step of the process so you’ll know exactly what to expect. First, we’ll numb the area with anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing. We can also relieve dental anxiety with dental sedation options. Then, we’ll gently pull out the tooth. Before you leave, we’ll also provide advice on how to speed the healing process.
The Importance Of Replacing Missing Teeth
Did you know that if you don’t replace missing teeth your surrounding teeth can begin to drift out of position? A single missing tooth could have larger effects on your oral health and beyond!
And because missing teeth also mean missing tooth roots, your jawbone can also deteriorate over time, leading to a sunken-in look.
To keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful following an extraction, we offer several tooth replacement options, including dental implants!