The absolute worst thing you can do is wait to pull a bad tooth.
Many times a really bad tooth is painful, but then it gets better! You know and have been told that it needs to be extracted but you decide to wait because the pain is gone…for now.
In the old days, "keep it until it falls out" was the mantra. The exact opposite is true today.
If the tooth needs to be extracted due to gum disease, which causes bone loss, the situation only worsens. Your body is trying to “self-extract” your tooth by dissolving the surrounding bone and making it loose.
Eventually, it will fall out! All that time, it has dissolved all the good bone around it that would have supported a dental implant.
Dental implants need great bone support. Waiting to remove a tooth only compromises the bone and makes having a dental implant more expensive than it needs to be.
In this picture below, you can see how the gum disease has dissolved away the gum and bone making the teeth longer.
Look at this x-ray. Do you see how the bone is missing from gum disease?
Here are some examples of simple dental implants:
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