Oral Health

Question
Posted by: Britty | 2007/06/06

Q.

Tooth extraction & implant

Dear Doc

I am going to have a tooth extracted and at the age of 50 I am petrified of the procedure as I have never had to have this done. The dentist suggested that I have an implant after the tooth is extracted but the whole procedure sounds so horrifying to me and I don't know how I will manage it - I am a anxious person.

I know the tooth has to be extracted as I can see his point about a crown being a short term solution but do I need the implant? Can I not just leave it or will the teeth on either side of missing tooth fall into the empty space. I would be interested in your opinion.

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

An implant is nt necessary. You could consider a bridge (discuss this wih your dentist). Drifting of the adjacent teeth into the space will occur. It is best to discuss all options (implant, bridge, denture ) with your dentist before the extraction

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