When You Need Post-Extraction Replacement

For many patients, there’s some confusion regarding whether or not a dental extraction will lead to the need for tooth replacement. The answer can be “yes” or it can be “no” depending on the reason for your extraction. Not sure you know if the tooth you need removed is essential to your bite, balance, beauty, and dental health or if it’s free to be removed without replacement? We can help you sort out the facts very quickly!

When You Don’t Need Replacement

You don’t need to have your tooth replaced after a dental extraction if you don’t need that tooth. How to figure out whether the tooth needs to be there or not? We can provide you with details during a visit, as every patient’s needs are unique. As for some general details, look over the following as your guide:

  • For Wisdom Teeth: Did you have your tooth removed because it’s a wisdom tooth that is either impacted, difficult to care for, or causing other problems? If so, you never need these teeth replaced.
  • For Orthodontic Needs: Is your dental extraction part of your orthodontic treatment? This is common when smiles are suffering from overcrowding. If so, you will not require a replacement.

When You Do

Now, for those instances in which you will need a replacement tooth after a dental extraction: Generally speaking, for anything other than wisdom tooth removal and orthodontic care, you will probably need a prosthetic. This is because your smile requires a complete set of teeth that are well balanced, An open space throws everything off, promotes decay and shifting, disrupts your bite, and can even lead to jaw deterioration.

Save Your Smile With An Extraction

Sitting down with us to discuss the process of receiving an extraction (and what to expect afterwards) can set your mind at ease. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.