Types of Dental Transplants

At previous articles We have already commented on the possibility of transplanting teeth, an innovative and highly successful treatment to replace missing teeth using another tooth from your own mouth.

But you may have wondered if it would be possible for you to undergo an Dental transplantation. Stay a little longer, and I'll tell you about the most frequent situations in which we do a transplant.

Molar wisdom teeth in adults

The most common and frequent case is to use a wisdom tooth to replace another of your molars in adult patients.

As you may already know, wisdom teeth often erupt in the wrong position, crooked or impacted on the front tooth, causing problems such as infection, pain or injury to the gum, so dentists we advise you to remove them on many occasions.

In addition, many people lose some of their permanent molars. These teeth are very important for chewing function and aesthetics, as they can become hollow in the mouth and can be lost.

The reasons why we lose these teeth are very varied, but most often it is due to cavities that are too large to try to save the tooth, or due to a fracture to break the tooth in half.

In any of these situations, the ideal, after an assessment with our specialist, would be to transplanting of the wisdom tooth for the tooth to be extracted.

Premolars for incisors

Another quite successful case is to exchange an incisor for a premolar, but very particular circumstances have to be met.

The incisors are the front teeth, the ones we show the most when we smile. We colloquially call them "paddles". the central incisors, and their smaller neighbours are the lateral incisors.

Well, the incisors are the teeth more exposed to trauma, and it is not uncommon to come across a patient who has broken one of these teeth. Most of the time it can be fixed, but in a few cases we have no choice but to extract the tooth.

Premolars are medium-sized teeth that appear between the canines (or fangs) and the molars. In some patients, these teeth have to be extracted for orthodontic reasons, i.e. they may be removed for orthodontic reasons, there is a lack of space in the mouth and the teeth are crowded, and one way to gain space is to remove some parts.

When these two circumstances are present at the same time, we propose to the patient that he/she undergoes a autotransplant. The premolars fit quite well in their new position, and all they require is a ceramic veneer to make them look identical to the rest of the incisors.

Growing molars

Fortunately, this is becoming less and less frequent: an adolescent has a excessively large cavities The only option left is to extract the tooth, which is beyond repair.

X-ray of wisdom tooth transplantation

It is possible to transplant one of the growing wisdom teeth on the spot. It may seem similar to the first case, but it is not!

In contrast to adult patients, when the roots are forming, they have the possibility of continuing to develop naturally in their new position, and even completely recovering the position of the extracted tooth. much simpler and more successful than in the first case.

In any case, the possibilities of dental transplants continue to increase and it is possible that new modalities will soon appear that we have not yet carried out. So now you know, if you are going to lose a tooth, and you want to know if it is possible to replace it with a tooth from your own mouth, request a consultation with me, Diego Saura, in the Vélez y Lozano Dental Clinic.