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Loss of bone after removed front tooth

09/06/2007

Question:

Is it possible to reconstruct areas of bone loss after the upper front teeth is removed? My teeth #8 under the crown was broken on the gum level and I am going to have a bridge on 7, 8, 9 teeth (all of them had crown already). I understand that there may be the excessive loss of bone after the extraction and as result gum shrinkage. My dentist told me that if I don’t do a bridge then he has to cut gum around #8 in order to put post and then a crown. In either way I am going to have long tooth as a replacement. Is it true?

Answer:

Yes, it is true.

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Response by:

Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP
Associate Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University