Tooth Transplantation in New Braunfels, TX
If, for example, a first molar needed to be replaced a possible option would be using the patient’s own wisdom tooth. The procedure would involve removing the first molar and preparing the socket. The wisdom tooth is then removed and placed in the site where the first molar had been removed. The tooth is then stabilized for one to two weeks to promote healing.
Research has found that autotransplantation is most successful when the patient is about 17 years old. At this age, the roots of the wisdom tooth are usually two-thirds formed and the tooth will not require root canal therapy after transplantation. If the patient is 21 years of age or older than the wisdom teeth are completely formed and the tooth will require root canal therapy about a month or so after the procedure.
Autotransplantation can be performed in any tooth in the appropriate situation. The success rate of autotransplantation is about 90% after five years, and should be considered a viable alternative to fixed bridgework, partial dentures, and titanium dental implants in some cases.
At Smith & Cole Laser and Family Dentistry, we believe in providing exceptional care in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our doctors, Dr. Todd Smith and Dr. Michael Cole, are experts in their field and strive each day to make patients feel at ease while transforming their smiles. Our office is proud to serve patients from New Braunfels, TX as well as the surrounding areas. We offer a variety of treatment options including the LANAP Laser Treatment, Dental Implants, Sleep Apnea, TMJ, Sedation, Pediatric Dentistry, and CEREC Same Day Crowns. Call (830) 387-2852 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online!