A tooth may need to be extracted (removed) for a variety of reasons. Common reasons include teeth that are severely decayed, periodontal disease, teeth fractured beyond repair, teeth that are poorly positioned in the mouth (i.e. impacted teeth, supernumerary teeth) and misaligned wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow into the mouth and typically erupt between the ages of 17-21. They are commonly severely misaligned, leading to several issues such as pain, incorrect growth/impaction, difficulty eating, cyst formation, sinus complications, decay, and localized gum infections. Early removal is often recommended for these issues to avoid future problems and decrease the surgical risks involved with the procedure.
If you are missing one or several teeth, modern advances in dental medicine have brought new techniques for permanent replacement. Dental implants mimic the tooth-root structure and maximize your ability to eat, chew, speak and smile with confidence. They are designed for a lifetime and have unequivocally changed the quality of life in many individuals by being the most predictable tooth replacement option available with over a 95% success rate.
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After a tooth is lost, bone in the region of the missing tooth tends to reduce over time. This often results in an inadequate amount of bone available to permanently secure a dental implant. With bone grafting, dentists can now replace missing bone in the jaw and restore a bony architecture that is suitable to support an implant long-term.