In some cases like orthodontic treatment we have to remove a tooth in order to create space for the remaining teeth to move into.
When should I have a tooth removed?
Hopefully never. It is always better to try and save your tooth through having root canal therapy or having a filling placed. It’s sometimes more costly to replace the missing tooth in the first place.
Generally a tooth is removed when your tooth is badly decayed and cannot be restored or is cracked and has an abcess that cannot be treated with root canal therapy or purely due to financial reasons. In some cases like orthodontic treatment we have to remove a tooth in order to create space for the remaining teeth to move into.
Periodontally impaired teeth that cannot be saved can also be removed.
What happens when I loose a tooth?
To have a gap can be problematic in the long term. Not only can it affect your self esteem and smile but also reduce your chewing function resulting in the neighbouring tooth next to the gap take more pressure and work harder. The more teeth you loose the more pronounced the affects are.
What happens with the gap?
There are several options available today to replace a missing tooth. The most common ones are dental implants, bridges and dentures. The most suitable option for you will depend on several factors that will be taken into consideration and discussed with you.