Do you have a missing wisdom tooth? Do you find that it impacts your ability to chew, speak, or smile? If so, can you get a dental implant to replace it? This article will explain whether or not you can get an implant to replace your wisdom tooth. No one knows the exact origins of the third molar, also known as a wisdom tooth. Some people assume it was once used by our ancestors for chewing bitter plants and tough roots, but this has neither been proven nor disproven. What we do know is that many people don’t have room in their jaws for these additional molars. They are often removed to prevent discomfort and decay as they are difficult to clean.
Most of the time it’s advised to simply remove the wisdom teeth if they become problematic however, in some scenarios, it’s possible to use wisdom teeth for tooth replacement, such as in the case of a bad second molar. If a bad second molar is extracted, the wisdom tooth can be orthodontically moved into its position.
Can You Implant a Wisdom Tooth?
Most people with missing wisdom teeth cannot get an implant. Here’s why: You need healthy, strong bones to hold an implant. The bone in your jaw is often damaged with age, but sometimes it is damaged by gum disease, trauma, or other medical conditions.
You need enough space to place the implant. While some people have healthy teeth without enough space for a wisdom tooth, it’s rare. In some cases, you have so much bone loss that your implant might not be able to be placed. That’s because the implant is placed in your jawbone.
When can you Replace a Wisdom Tooth with an Implant?
If you are missing a wisdom tooth and have healthy bone, a dentist can place an implant. However, you should get a CT Scan to make sure you have enough healthy bone to support the implant. Depending on the condition of your remaining teeth, you’ll be a good candidate for an implant if:
You have healthy gums. If you have gum disease, you can’t get an implant. You have enough bone. And You can’t get an implant if you’ve lost too much bone in your jaw. You have enough remaining teeth to hold on to the implant.
When You Cannot Replace Your Missing Wisdom Tooth
If you can’t get an implant because you have insufficient bone, gum disease, or you don’t have enough teeth, you might want to consider a bridge. A bridge is a removable dental appliance that attaches your healthy teeth together to try and create a natural smile. You may also want to consider a partial denture.
A partial denture is an appliance that replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth. A bridge or partial denture won’t hold your jaw together the way an implant will. The implant will also stimulate the muscles and bones in your jaw, giving you more chewing power.
Is it possible for wisdom teeth to regrow?
No, wisdom teeth do not grow back after they’ve been removed. It is possible, however, for someone to have more than the typical four wisdom teeth. These extra teeth, which can erupt after your original wisdom teeth have been extracted, are called supernumerary teeth.
Risks of trying to implant a missing wisdom tooth
The risks of trying to implant a missing wisdom tooth are the same risks that you face when trying to implant a healthy tooth. Those risks are:
Increased risk of gum disease: Because there is now an open wound in your gums, you’re more likely to get gum disease. You can prevent this by brushing and flossing your gums.
Infection: Infection is always a risk when you have an open wound in your mouth. You can reduce your risk of infection by keeping the area clean and avoiding certain foods, like spicy foods and hard nuts.
Inability to properly heal: While you can recover from an injury or infection, your jaw is a very strong muscle. You can also damage your jaw if you don’t properly heal.
If you have a missing wisdom tooth and sufficient bone in your jaw, you can get an implant. The implant can restore your ability to chew and protect your remaining teeth. You should keep in mind that an implant isn’t a quick and easy fix. The process takes months and can be extremely painful. You should also consider the risks and costs of an implant before scheduling surgery
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