We try to save all the teeth we can with the help of Restorative Dentistry, but sometimes due to extensive disease they need to be extracted. Once a tooth is extracted, you have four options. First is to do nothing about it. With this option, you would be risking further future problems. Your teeth are meant to work together as a team. When one or more of your natural teeth are lost, problems start arising. These problems include shifting of the remaining teeth, tipping of the adjacent and the counter teeth leading to malocclusion (crooked bite), gum disease, bone loss, etc. Because of the eventual shifting of the rest of the teeth, they become prone to food lodgement and eventually decay. Because of the bad bite created by the undesired movement of the teeth, you may suffer from jaw joint problems and frequent headaches. A single tooth loss may result in a chain reaction of discomfort for the rest of your life if not treated properly at the right time. To prevent such problems and to restore your smile, bite and function to normal health, tooth replacement becomes mandatory. The best way to replace your missing tooth is to get a dental implant. The third and fourth options are to do a dental bridge or a removable denture respectively. To help you understand the differences, benefits, and downsides of each, read on in the related links to find more information and some sample photos, or contact us for a consultation to help you determine which option is right for you.