Following dental extractions, one or more toothless spaces will appear on the dental arches. These spaces are called toothless gaps, breaches or edentulous spaces.

Physiological changes following teeth extractions

After a tooth extraction, the seat remaining after tooth removal will produce a series of changes. These processes occur slowly over more months (6 to 8).

First, inside the alveolar socket (where the tooth was formerly held) bone tissue begins to deposit. Over the toothless gap, the gums slowly close the extraction wound. The bone width and height gradually diminishes.

The anatomical structure that appears after the end of the healing process is called edentulous ridge.

Gradually, around edentulous spaces, serious irreversible changes take place. Untreated, these conditions will have important repercussions over the health and functionality of the entire dental system.