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What Are Your Replacement Options Post Tooth Extraction?

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Do you have crowded teeth, cavities, or severely damaged teeth? Your dentist may recommend tooth extraction, which entails completely removing the affected tooth or teeth. And while this treatment option will help sort your issue, most people tend to be concerned about their tooth replacement options post the procedure.

Depending on your case and as evaluated by your dentist, tooth replacement may not be necessary. However, replacing your extracted tooth has several benefits. Aside from the cosmetic benefits, restoring your extracted tooth can keep the existing teeth from shifting. In addition, tooth replacement can prevent your bone from weakening and losing density.

Fortunately, several replacement options exist. This piece takes an in-depth look into some of them.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most common and popular replacement options for extracted teeth. They are usually anchored deep inside your bone, acting as roots. Over time, the implants fuse with your bone, creating a strong and long-lasting bond. Therefore, they are typically secure and stable, often feeling like natural teeth. In addition, dental implants usually don't interfere with the neighbouring teeth, allowing them to remain intact. These are part of the reason implants are popular tooth replacement solutions.

Despite being one of the most effective and highly recommended tooth replacement options, dental implants are also quite expensive. Complete restoration may also take a considerable amount of time, usually months.


Dentures are otherwise an alternative you may consider. Dentures can be permanent or removable. As the name implies, permanent dentures are non-removable and can be worn throughout, even when eating. Usually, they contain metal clasps affixed to your healthy teeth, using them for support.

On the other hand, partial dentures are made from acrylic material. Since they are removable, they don't need to be affixed to the surrounding teeth. However, you will need to remove them when eating, brushing, or flossing.

It is worth noting that dentures may not be the best solution if you want to replace a single extracted tooth. Therefore, consider them if you have more than one tooth extracted.


Bridges are also other tooth replacement options to consider following a tooth extraction procedure. Unlike dentures, dental bridges are ideal for single or multiple teeth replacements. They can be implant-supported or tooth-supported. Your dentist will recommend the best option depending on your condition. In addition, dental bridges can also be permanent or partial, with the same pros and cons as partial and permanent dentures.

For more information on tooth extractions and subsequent replacement, contact your dentist today.