- When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth have space to drift or overerupt.
- Spaces are created between teeth where food becomes trapped which can lead to a build up of plaque. If these teeth are not kept clean, decay can result and they can be lost and the whole process starts again.
Bone Changes after Extraction
- When teeth have been missing for some time, the bone and gums can begin to change shape.
- This can affect surrounding teeth.
- Once a tooth is lost, the bone and gum will begin to recede. If you later decide to have an Implant fitted this bone recession may mean that the Implant would sit too high or the Crown would sit too low for your 'bite'.
- A material can be inserted into the cavity to encourage bone re-growth. Over time, this will provide a sufficient amount of bone to support the Implant.