Smiling Older Couple Arm in Arm OutdoorsEvery year, Dr. Clagett meets with men and women in Kentucky who need to have a tooth extraction. No matter if your need for this procedure is the result of an injury or infection, Dr. Clagett can help by removing it and offering replacement solutions as well.

Some patients may be surprised to hear that replacing an extracted tooth is even possible. Trust us—it’s very possible and very important that you choose tooth replacement after an extraction. Doing so will protect your overall oral health and keep your jawbone strong and protected from deterioration.

Keep reading as we talk more about your options for replacing missing teeth after tooth extractions.

Dental Implants Are the Best Choice for Tooth Replacement After an Extraction

If you visit Dr. Clagett for a consultation and he recommends tooth extractions, he will also strongly recommend you replace the extracted tooth or teeth as soon as possible. This is because missing teeth means missing tooth roots. Tooth roots provide stimulation to the jawbone, which is what keeps it strong and healthy and helps maintain its shape. If there is no stimulation, your jawbone will deteriorate, your remaining teeth will become loose or fall out, and the shape of your face will change over time.

Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option after tooth extractions because they are permanent and restore oral functionality and aesthetics. Additionally, dental implants allow Dr. Clagett’s Kentucky patients to keep their remaining teeth aligned, which provides a strong bite. This means you have the freedom to eat and drink anything you’d like—with no restrictions.

Dental implants don’t only offer functional benefits, but as we mentioned, they protect the aesthetics of your smile. They look and feel like natural teeth and are custom made to match your remaining teeth, meaning no one will be able to tell that you have prosthetic teeth. Instead, they’ll only notice your beautiful smile, giving you a boost in your self-confidence!

If Dental Implants Aren’t for You, There Are Other Tooth Replacement Options

If Dr. Clagett determines that you are not eligible to receive dental implants, or you simply don’t want dental implants, there are other options you can choose from.

  • Dentures – these are the traditional tooth replacement system you parents or grandparents had. You can replace one extracted tooth with a removable denture, or an entire mouthful of teeth if needed. The drawback of this option is that they are not a permanent solution and will only sit on top of your gum line. This means that your jawbone will not be stimulated and will eventually resorb, causing further concerns.
  • Bridges – these are another traditional tooth replacement option you’ve likely heard about. Dental bridges replace one or two extracted teeth and are supported by adjacent teeth. The downside of a dental bridge is that the supporting teeth require modification in order to accommodate the device.

Both of these other tooth replacement options require adjustments over the years, resulting in an overall higher cost and involved process for Kentucky patients.

Clagett Periodontics Can Perform Both Tooth Extractions and Dental Implants Placement for Kentucky Residents

Dr. Clagett has built his entire practice around the safety and comfort of his patients. If you believe you need to have a tooth or teeth extracted, it’s important that you consider tooth replacement as well.

Browse through our before and after gallery to see the outcomes of previous patients and get an idea of the type of improvement that’s possible for you.