When a tooth or teeth is removed by a dentist, what is used to fill the empty space in your mouth?
Before the extraction is performed, it's important to consider how the space will be filled. If left unfilled, the jaw bone can change shape as it heals, causing your teeth to shift. If the teeth shift, problems with the patient's bite can develop and affect the way you speak and chew.
Wisdom teeth are the exception. Because wisdom teeth are located in the back of the mouth, the site will heal on its own, usually without complications.
If an implant is going to fill the space, a sturdy jaw bone is necessary for the implant to be installed. If you decide on a bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift.
At Columbia Dental Care & Associates, our dentist welcomes a conversation with the patient about what to do with the extraction site before the removal of any teeth. The dentist will make a recommendation and prepare a treatment plan. Be sure to schedule follow-up appointments as recommended so the extraction site receives the proper care.