Extraction Site Preservation
When removing a tooth for whatever medical reason, it is important to consider what will be done with the gap left in your mouth when the tooth is removed. Teeth that are removed from the back of your mouth, such as wisdom teeth, will heal on their own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove teeth from other areas of your mouth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jawbone can deteriorate and change shape during the healing process. This can cause your teeth to shift, which is not desirable and can create problems in your bite that affect your ability to speak and chew.
If you and your dentist want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jawbone is necessary to successfully install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before any teeth start to shift.
Your dentist is always open to a conversation with you on what you would prefer to do with your extraction site before a tooth is removed. They will be able to make recommendations and layout a treatment plan with you. Our office staff will help you schedule follow up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.