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Are Dental Implants Necessary After Extraction?

A dental extraction is typically performed to remove a tooth that is so severely damaged that there is no way to repair or restore that tooth. This typically leads to a gap in your teeth. Now, you may be wondering if this gap needs a dental implant or if it’s okay to simply keep it empty. Though in some cases it’s okay to have a gap for at least a short period of time, in the end you should almost always have a dental implant placed after having a tooth extracted.

This is because your ability to chew and bite foods, as well as to speak properly really depends on the presence of all your teeth. Your teeth work together in unison to be able to perform these actions correctly. If there’s a missing tooth then your ability to safely and effectively eat foods can be severely hindered. And if you’re allowed to chew foods while missing a tooth for an extended period of time, then the rest of your natural teeth could also potentially become damaged or misaligned, leading to even more expensive repairs and treatments down the line.

Can I Get a Dental Implant Years After Extraction?

If you’ve had a dental extraction performed years before, you can still get a dental implant. Most if not all dentists will say that it’s never too late to have a dental implant placed, especially if you’ve been having difficulty with chewing foods for years after having a tooth removed. However, your dentist may first elect to give you a proper dental cleaning and do x-rays of your teeth and jaw especially if you haven’t been to a dentist in many years or have neglected to take proper care of your teeth in order to reveal any underlying issues with your oral health.

How Long Can You Go Without an Implant?

There is no specific time frame for how long you can go without a dental implant. However, the sooner you get a dental implant, the better. This is because having a missing tooth for an extended period of time can lead to unnecessary stress and damage on teeth you already have, potentially leading to misalignment and injury to your regular teeth. This will obviously result in more expensive treatments for the teeth that are already present in your mouth before you’re able to have a new tooth implanted into the missing area.

Going long without an implant can also cause damage so severe to your other teeth that it may be more likely for one or two of your other teeth to also decay. This may ultimately require multiple extractions and dental implants to correct the issue.

In short, it’s always best to have a dental implant performed as soon as possible.