If you have to have a tooth pulled, then you'll have some other decisions to make regarding the space that's going to be left from that tooth being removed. There are some different options you'll have available to you. Your dentist will suggest one or more to you, but you'll have the final decision, and you'll need to come to that decision by considering your comfort level, your wants, and the budget you happen to be working with. This article will cover three different options you may have, and these include leaving the space empty, going with a partial denture, and going with a dental implant. You'll learn about the advantages and disadvantages of all three here so you can come to the decision that works out the best for you.
Leaving the space empty
If you decide to leave the space empty, then you may be looking at future issues. Not only can this leave you feeling self-conscious, especially if that tooth is in an area that's visible when you talk or smile, but it can affect the way you eat and speak. When you eat, you may find yourself unable to chew certain foods on that side of your mouth. Such as sharp tortilla chips that can hurt the gums. Depending on which tooth was pulled, your speech may be affected in a way that gives you a permanent lisp or another issue. Also, leaving the space empty can eventually cause your other teeth to shift and cause gaps to develop between them.
Getting partial dentures
Some people opt to go with partial dentures because they tend to be one of the lesser invasive and more affordable options. Partial dentures will allow you to replace that one tooth in a more affordable way, but you will have more maintenance with this option. A partial denture will have to be taken out and cared for separately from your natural teeth. You will also take it out and place it in a soaking solution each night while you sleep. However, partial dentures can be a great option if you are on a bit of a budget, because they will replace the tooth in a way that allows you to eat, speak, and smile as if you still have your tooth.
Getting a dental implant
Getting dental implants is a bit more of an invasive procedure. It is generally done in three steps, so it takes a while to finally have your complete implant in place. However, a dental implant can be a great choice since it gives you a strong, permanent, and natural looking tooth replacement that you can care for right along with your other natural teeth.