I had to have one of my top molars removed. It has been about a month or so and now I’m noticing that my front tooth looks like it has moved. I think it is really ugly. How did this happen?
- Jim in Pennsylvania
After a tooth extraction, the bone will begin to recede in the area around it. When our teeth are unbalanced they can shift around in a reaction to the procedure. You will typically see this happen within the first few years after you have had the tooth out. Over time the shifting will subside. The exact movement of the teeth varies from patient to patient. Sometimes it is not noticeable at all and other times it is very visible. Typically you see this if someone is missing a tooth. The tooth surrounding the site will move into the empty space. That is why a dental implant is an ideal treatment because it helps to prevent the shifting and it also stimulates the bone so it doesn’t resorb.
Occlusion is the study of how your teeth come together and our bite varies when we are eating or swallowing, or even when we sleep it can be different. So the shifting will only take place as long as your personal occlusion will allow.
Again, it is worth mentioning the importance of replacing your missing tooth to prevent shifting and occlusion problems. It sounds like your teeth are shifting quickly so it would be a good idea to seek treatment to replace the tooth soon. There are affordable dental implant options if budget is a major deciding factor for you. Make sure you see an implant dentist that has reputable credentials because there is a lot of dental malpractice in this area. Cheap dental implants aren’t always better because faulty materials or cutting corners can be much more expensive in the long run.
Hopefully this was helpful in answering your question.
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