Tooth extraction, move to cover gap or implant?


I have just had my second premolars removed (or whatever the 5th tooth back is on the bottom). They were baby teeth, and the adult teeth never formed for those. I'm 25 years old and I had braces when I was younger so I don't want to mess up my bite or anything, but I don't want to get an implant.

Would an orthodontist be able to utilize my wisdom teeth to close the gap? It makes sense to me that that would work, but my dentist is a huge fan of the implant. I trust it's the best option, but I still don't like the idea of it. If I can't get the gap to close through orthodontics, I am leaning towards a removable retainer with fake teeth to keep the bite the same.


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by: Sharon B., RDH

There are always options. Along with your dentist, I agree that implants are one of the best options to replace missing teeth. As far as moving the 3rd molar (wisdom tooth) forward to take the place, this could possibly be an option, but only depending on the development of the current wisdom tooth. Sometimes these are crooked, impacted, or have roots wrapped around a nerve in the jaw. Only your orthodontist or dentist will be able to help you decide if this is a feesable option. The other thing you should know is that you would need to have braces placed on all of the teeth, and not just the few teeth in that area. You would essentially be having all of the teeth go through orthodontic therapy again.

Another option would be to place a permanent bridge in the area. A removable flipper device is difficult to eat and talk with, even though it is an esthetic aid.

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by: Kolans

This actually looks like a trust worthy and good method with which we most problems can be solved. It has been tried and tested around the world. Therefore, there is no need to worry. All you need to have is just get an experienced doctor.

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by: Chloe Giroud

Whatever you are planning to do, I would seriously ask you to get the aid of a doctor who is well experienced and capable of doing these. Also, do not switch doctors half way too. That would be disastrous.

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by: dean

Before making any decision, you should see an orthodontist, he will tell you if an implant is really necessary. If you are smoker, you should probably switch to eLeaf iStick, because cigarettes have a negative impact on your teeth. In time, you will recover not only your smile, but also your health.

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