Tooth Extraction – What happens next?

May 9, 2017

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What happens when you lose tooth?  Well, it’s not the end of the world, but your teeth all have a reason for being and there are consequences when one is lost.

Firstly the bone around the area is lost because there is no stimulation anymore.  In the above photograph you can see the gum has shrunk away.  This can be mild as above, or extreme as in the photograph below:

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The bone progressively wastes away.  Once the bone is lost it is very hard to replace this missing tooth, as the bone needs to be rebuilt before a dental implant can be utilized.   Also the remaining teeth start to move and shift into the space as shown below:

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The extra load can lead to further cracks and splitting of the remaining teeth:

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Eventually the straw on the camels back reaches breaking point and multiple tooth failures occur.  If this also results in bone loss the end result can be catastrophic:

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I am reminded of the old tale – for the want of a nail the shoe was lost, for the want of a shoe the horse was lost, for the want of a horse the battle was lost, for the want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

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