The Procedures Involved In Tooth Transplantation

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Tooth transplantation is the transfer of one tooth from one location to another location in the mouth but not to another recipient.  Studies showed that it is a better alternative than implants since implants causes some problems with the bone and gum tissues.  Autogenous tooth transplantation is a much better procedure to use when replacing a set of teeth or tooth.  The advantage of tooth transplantation is that it does not require any prosthesis to support or replace the tooth because natural is used and it comes from the same person.  The success rate of the procedure at present is very high though it was previously only used as an experiment.

Autogenous transplantation is indicated for cases where in tooth loss was due to dental caries, traumatic tooth loss, cervical root fractures, tooth agenesis, and canine atopic eruption.  An example of auto transplantation is when the first molar is removed because it cannot be restored any longer and then third molar of the patient is removed and transferred to the location where the first molar was extracted.  The success rate of the procedure will depend on the healing process and the condition of tooth that was used as a replacement.  Before a transplantation take place, the patient should have  good oral hygiene, should have a healthy bone and gum tissue, and the tooth that will be used as a replacement should also be healthy and without damage to have a high probability of success. 

Another requisite for transplantation to be effective is that the area where the tooth replacement is to be placed should be clean and free from infection. Most importantly, the tooth should fit the area without any problem.  After the procedure, the root where the new tooth was placed should be treated.  An x-ray will be done to determine if the root has developed properly and to see if there are any signs of incomplete development.  The patient will experience the same feeling from a tooth extraction when undergoing auto transplantation. 

The patient will be given local anesthesia and will be sedated for the procedure to take place.  Typically after the dental surgery, the patient will be advised not to get into physical routine that may cause fatigue especially lifting heavy objects.  The patient will also be advised to avoid chewing on the area and a soft diet should be done for a few days.  Proper oral hygiene should be maintained to avoid infection and complications.  Nevertheless, complications are rare because of the advances of modern medicine.

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This article was published on 2012/05/23