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Can braces replace the space created by the extraction of a molar?

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Published At March 16, 2023
Reviewed AtMarch 16, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

How do I replace a lower second molar being extracted? They told me the solution was autotransplantation. What should I do? Can braces fix this problem if they extract this second and third molar? Can braces replace this space? Kindly suggest.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

As you have lost your second molar tooth. The second molar is the most important tooth for grinding our food. This is good that you have a third molar; with the support of the first and third molar, you can go for a three-unit dental bridge. The second option is a dental implant. It is the best option, and there is no need for the support of neighboring teeth. But it may be more costly than a dental bridge. Third, as you ask about braces, but sorry that braces are not ideal for filling the gap of posterior-most molar teeth. You should go with either a dental bridge or a dental implant. I hope this helps you.

Thank you.

The Probable causes

Missing tooth.

Differential diagnosis

Missing second molar.

Probable diagnosis

Missing tooth.

Treatment plan

FPD (fixed partial denture) or dental Implant.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Pandey
Dr. Gaurav Kumar Pandey


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