In the world of dentistry, perhaps the only word patients loathe more than “cavity” is “extraction.” After all, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you.
You might be concerned about what others think of your teeth, but you needn’t worry. Dr. Janice Spada, Sudbury MA dentist, offers tooth extraction and explains that patients have several options for replacing teeth lost to extraction, decay, or injury.
Extraction May Be the Answer
Sometimes, we can treat the infection with a root canal procedure. Small cavities are easily treated with a dental filing. Dr. Spada will make every effort to save your tooth—if it’s in your best interest.
Allowing an infected or severely compromised tooth in your mouth isn’t always the safest option, and your safety is what’s most important.
An infection that begins in your mouth isn’t necessarily confined to your mouth and can spread throughout your body, wreaking havoc along the way. Rather than leave your entire body susceptible to the effects of a severely infected tooth, Dr. Spada may decide that an extraction is your best option.
Available Options Following an Extraction
If Dr. Spada finds that your tooth or teeth require an extraction, understand that you won’t have to live with gaps in your smile. Each tooth has an important role in your overall health, and losing even a single one can have far-reaching consequences.
Dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures are the most popular restorative solutions. Dr. Spada will consider several factors when making recommendations.
Your overall health and the condition of your teeth and gums will determine your suitability for dental implants. Because the implants are surgically implanted into your jawbone, your body and mouth must be sufficiently healthy to heal following the procedure.
The appearance and function of dental implants resemble that of your own teeth. Like your natural teeth, implants are permanent and can last for several decades if cared for properly. Implants replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth.
A dental bridge relies on the surrounding teeth to support a prosthetic replacement tooth. To be eligible for a bridge, the teeth on either side of your extracted tooth must be sufficiently healthy to support a dental crown apiece.
Like implants, a bridge is permanent and affords greater stability than dentures. If several adjacent teeth are extracted or removed, a bridge is an excellent option.
Many of our patients opt instead for a partial or full denture, depending on the number and position of missing teeth.
A partial denture works well for patients who must have several teeth extracted, or for those who are missing multiple teeth, not necessarily adjacent to each other. A partial denture fills gaps in your smile with replacement teeth that fit almost like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
We’ll have you smiling again in no time. To learn more about teeth replacement options near Boston, MA, or to request an appointment with Dr. Janice Spada, contact our Sudbury dentist office at (978) 443-3111. We welcome patients living in Framingham, Worcester, Marlborough, the Boston suburbs, and the surrounding areas.