What Happens If You Have a Tooth Pulled and Don’t Replace It?

Teeth that are pulled need to be replaced, otherwise there is a risk of further injury to surrounding teeth when biting and chewing. Examples of injury that could occur include misalignment of remaining teeth, creation of gaps between teeth, and the possibility of cracks or chips in teeth due to uneven stress. As a result, chewing and biting can become more difficult, and more dental procedures may be required to undue further damage.

What Can Replace an Extracted Tooth?

The three most common replacements for an extracted tooth include dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges.

Dental implants are the most common replacement because of its stability, and involves the implant itself being placed directly into the jawbone.

Dentures are another option but are usually used as a temporary fix before having a more permanent solution like implants. Dentures, unlike implants and dental bridges, can be readily removed at night and securely placed during the day.

Dental bridges are the final option and are also a great replacement for extracted teeth. However, unlike dental implants, dental bridges require two healthy teeth on either side of the bridge to be securely placed. Also, dental bridges do not replace the tooth root, whereas a dental implant does.

How Soon After Tooth Extraction Can You Have an Implant?

Most cases of tooth extraction require around three to six months before an implant can be placed. An implant that can be placed around the three month mark is usually able to be performed in cases where the gums and underlying bone are healthy. Delayed replacement on the other hand occurs when there is insufficient bone material, thereby requiring a bone graft first before an implant can be placed securely.

Can a Dental Implant Be Done the Same Day as an Extraction?

Most extractions cannot have a same day dental implant done. However, in a select few cases where there isn’t any underlying infection or extensive bone loss, same day dental implants (also termed immediate dental implants) could potentially be performed. Your dentist will let you know if you are eligible for same day implants or if it’s better to wait a few months depending on the overall health and stability of your gums, underlying bone, and your remaining teeth.

Do You Need a Root Canal If You Pull the Tooth?

Typically a dentist will decide to perform either a root canal or a tooth extraction. If your teeth are severely damaged beyond the point of repair, a full tooth extraction and replacement is performed. However, if your teeth only have minor damage, a root canal is preferred as it helps preserve the natural tooth rather than using an artificial replacement. To determine which should be done, you dentist will do an extensive exam of your teeth with x-rays to best plan which treatment to perform.