Tooth Extraction

A tooth needs to be extracted if it is too much damaged and can not be repaired from tooth filling, or root canal treatment. A tooth can get damaged from cavity, decay, infection, fracture, or broken in an accident. This causes pain in the tooth.

The tooth is extracted to remove the pain or infection. If the tooth is not extracted, then it will continue to pain, or the infection may spread to other nearby teeth and gums.

Tooth Extraction

Several cases of extracted or missing tooth are shown below. Dental implant is used to fill the empty space left after tooth extraction.

Effects of Missing Tooth after Extraction

When a tooth is extracted, it leaves empty space in the jaw. It looks bad when you smile. Food also gets stuck in the gap. If multiple teeth are extracted, it gets difficult to properly chew and eat food. Therefore, the gap must be filled to avoid these bad effects.

If the space left after tooth extraction is not filled, then it will cause other teeth to fall soon. The empty space can be filled by either: a dental implant, or a dental bridge or a denture. Dental implant is the best treatment among all these treatments.

Missing Teeth

Problems after Tooth Extraction

After the tooth extraction, the nearby teeth slowly shift towards the empty space to fill the gap left by the extracted tooth. This creates small teeth gaps among all remaining teeth. Very small particles of food gets stuck in these gaps. It causes cavities and decay in those teeth after some time. All these effects result in extraction of nearby teeth very soon.

Missing Teeth

Dental Treatments to Replace a Lost Tooth

An extracted tooth can be replaced in 3 ways:

  1. A dental implant (the best option)
  2. A dental bridge made of tooth crowns
  3. A partial denture (not recommended)
Equipment

Dental Implant

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that works like a real tooth. When a natural tooth is extracted, a dental implant is inserted in the space left by the extracted tooth. It is the best solution for a missing tooth.

A dental implant is made of two parts: a metal screw and a tooth crown. The metal part of the dental implant is inserted in the jaw bone. After that, a tooth crown is placed on the top of the dental implant.

Dental Implant

The metal screw is made of Titanium metal. Titanium is the strongest metal. Therefore, the strength of a dental implant is very high. Dental implant has a life of 15+ years.

Read more about dental implant here.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Implant

Advantages

  • A dental implant lasts for a life-time
  • A dental implant is the best replacement for a missing tooth
  • A dental implant does not affect the adjacent teeth
  • A dental implant is made of the strongest metal: Titanium

Disadvantages

  • A dental implant costs more than a dental bridge and a denture.
  • A dental implant requires 2 visits of 4-5 days each, with a gap of 2 months between the visits
  • A dental implant requires local anesthesia

Alternatives of Dental Implant

A dental implant is the best option to replace a lost tooth. However, there are cheaper alternatives to a dental implant: a dental bridge and a partial denture.

1. Dental Bridge

A dental bridge replaces the missing tooth with a fixed fake tooth. It is placed in the mouth with the support of two teeth that are

adjacent to the missing tooth. But the 2 adjacent teeth are trimmed to support the fake tooth. So, it weakens 2 healthy teeth to fill space of a missing tooth.

Read more about dental bridge here.

2. Partial Denture

A partial denture replaces a missing tooth with a removable fake tooth. A denture is not recommended as an alternative to a dental

Denture

implant because it does not permanently fill the gap left by a missing tooth, and this causes other teeth to fall soon. Read more on the effects of missing teeth here.

Read more about denture here.

Dental Implant vs Dental Bridge

Dental Implant

  • A dental implant lasts for 15+ years
  • A dental implant is stronger than a dental bridge
  • A dental implant does not require support from adjacent teeth
  • A dental implant is costlier than a bridge and a denture
  • A dental implant does not affect adjacent teeth
  • A dental implant requires 2 visits of 4-5 days with a gap of 2 months in between the visits

Dental Bridge

  • A dental bridge has a shorter life of 7-10 years
  • A dental bridge is not as strong as a dental implant
  • A dental bridge requires considerable trimming of the adjacent teeth. It causes sensitivity in adjacent teeth
  • A dental bridge is relatively cheaper than a dental implant
  • A dental bridge can be made in 3-4 days

Dental Implant Vs Denture

Dental Implant

  • A dental implant is a permanently fixed tooth
  • A fixed tooth on a dental implant does not move while chewing, speaking, sneezing, coughing
  • A dental implant costs more than a denture
  • A dental implant is stronger than a denture

Denture

  • A denture has to be removed and cleaned daily, and you can not wear a denture while sleeping
  • A denture often dislodge and wobble while chewing, speaking, sneezing, coughing
  • A denture is modified or made again if any change happens in the jaw, like tooth extraction
  • A denture is cheaper than a dental implant

Cost to Replace an Extracted Tooth is: $ 340 for one Dental Implant

The cost to replace one missing tooth is:

Treatment

Cost in USA

Cost outside of USA

Dental Implant

$ 3450

$ 340

Dental Bridge

$ 3780

$ 270

Partial Denture

$ 90

$ 10

Calculation

Frequently Asked Questions​

FAQ

Question: Is a dental implant surgery painful?

Answer: No, it is a completely painless procedure.

Question: Do you use anesthesia to reduce pain?
Answer: Yes, anesthesia is used to numb the mouth. You will be fully awake during the treatment and you will not feel any pain in the mouth.

Question: How many days are required for the complete dental implant surgery and the tooth crown procedure?
Answer: The complete dental implant surgery and the tooth crown procedure takes 2 visits of 4-5 days with a gap of 2 months in between the visits.

FAQ

Question: How long does a dental implant last?
Answer: A dental implant lasts for 15+ years.

Question: What if I do not get a dental implant?
Answer: If the empty space left by an extracted tooth is not filled by a dental implant, then it will cause other teeth to fall soon. See the effects of a missing tooth on other teeth here.

Equipment

Question: Is a tooth crown compulsory after inserting a dental implant?
Answer: Yes, a tooth crown is compulsory after inserting a dental implant.

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Question: Does a tooth after the dental implant procedure look like a natural tooth?
Answer: Yes, it looks like a natural tooth because the color of tooth crown matches with the color of your other natural teeth.

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