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What happens if I have my tooth removed?

When something goes wrong with your dental treatment the impact is greater than you might think. We use our mouths all day, every day, and pain in that area can have an impact on our ability to eat, drink and even talk. There are also cosmetic implications if a tooth has to be removed

Our specialist medical negligence team at NewLaw Solicitors has significant experience in bringing dental negligence claims, particularly for clients who have had a tooth removed as a result of an avoidable mistake on the part of their dentist. This can be from having a tooth extracted in error or failing to treat an infected tooth resulting in its avoidable extraction, losing a tooth is a very permanent problem. Thankfully there are treatment options to replace the tooth and to restore the cosmetic look of the mouth. 

What happens if I have a tooth removed?
There are a number of treatment options available to replace missing teeth. 

Single Tooth Denture 
A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Commonly referred to as ‘false teeth’, a denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. Whilst dentures are often seen as a solution for older patients who have lost several teeth, single tooth dentures are also available. 

Benefits:
The benefits of having this treatment is that the denture is a simple, non-invasive solution to replace a missing tooth

However, as jawbones and gums naturally shrink over time, this can cause the dentures to fit less securely. Ill-fitting dentures can give rise to chewing difficulties, soreness, infections and changes in facial support. Your dentures may need to be adjusted, relieved or even relined from time to time to ensure an optimal fit. 

Bridge 
A bridge is where one or more missing teeth are replaced by using adjacent teeth or dental implants to support them.

There are 3 types of dental bridge:

  • Traditional bridges - the tooth or implant on either side of the space are crowned, which bridges across the missing tooth or teeth.
  • Cantilever bridges – these are used when it is only possible to use a tooth on one side of the missing tooth or teeth. The bridge fills the gap of the missing tooth or teeth and is supported by only one adjacent tooth or implant.
  • Maryland bridges – the bridge is put in the place of the missing tooth with metal wings bonded to your existing teeth on either side.

The benefits of having a bridge is that it can be made to match the colour of your own teeth and so blend into the rest of your smile. They will also last for many years if you look after your teeth and gums.

However, a bridge requires at least one adjacent tooth to be used for support, which can weaken the supported tooth if not properly looked after. 

Implants
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for the root of your natural tooth, which is the part of the tooth that sits below the gum line. A crown or cap is then placed on top of the artificial root.

Implants look better, and work better than traditional dentures as they protect the other teeth.

The cleaning process is very simple and flossing between implants is possible.  This means it is easier to keep the remaining teeth healthy. Implants traditionally last a lot longer than alternative treatments.

However, this treatment option can be very expensive

Which treatment is best for me?
There is no ‘gold standard’ treatment and your dentist should explain which treatment is best for you and why. Some treatment options may not be available depending on the health of the surrounding teeth and cost may be a factor in some decisions.

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