When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed.
Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with little change of future complications. If it is necessary to remove another tooth, it is beneficial to make plans on how that tooth will be replaced. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jawbone will degenerate and change shape during healing and the surrounding teeth can shift. This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew.
Replacing the Tooth
There are three typical ways to replace a tooth. It can be replaced with an implant, a bridge or a removable denture of some type. If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jawbone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be made before the teeth shift.
Your dentist is always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. They will be able to make a recommendation and layout a treatment plan.