In an earlier post, we described our approach to wisdom teeth extractions. But when do permanent teeth need to be removed? In this post, we’ll define when an extraction is necessary and the services we offer to fill the new gap and maintain your healthy smile.
Yes: permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime. That doesn’t mean they always will. If a tooth is damaged beyond repair by a facial injury, decay, or advanced periodontal disease, an extraction may be the best solution.
In addition to damage, there are a number of other reasons people may need extractions, including:
- Extra teeth (supernumerary teeth)
- Orthodontic reasons (to make needed space for tooth alignment)
- Risk of infection (due to chemotherapy or organ transplant)
Filling the Gap
There are several ways to replace a missing tooth. Below, we will talk about the two most natural ways to fill the gap.
Traditional dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself. In this procedure, titanium posts are inserted into the jawbone, which anchor the new crown. The replacement will match your other teeth, both in shade and function.
Another option is the mini implant procedure. This is a non-surgical solution that requires only local anesthetic. Slim titanium rods are grafted into the patient’s jawbone and become anchors for a prosthetic tooth. Unlike full implants, these rods have a much narrower diameter, which makes the grafting less painful and the procedure less expensive.
The mini implant procedure is generally performed in just one office visit; in fact, the mini implants could be inserted in the afternoon and the patient could be free to go out to dinner in Jacksonville that night.
For More Information
Check out our Advanced Technology page to learn more about mini implants. For more information on the situations that may require extractions, our procedures, and after care, please contact our office. We’re always willing to help answer the questions of our Jacksonville patient families.