If you end up needing to have a tooth extracted, the supporting bone underneath your now-removed tooth can begin to shrink, or resorb. When a bone goes through the resorption procession, it can become difficult to replace your missing tooth, especially with dental implants. In addition, a deteriorating or shirking jaw bone can result in your facial features appearing more “sunken”. To prevent these and other issues from arising after a tooth extraction, our dentist offers extraction site preservation.
Extraction site preservation involves treating the bone underneath the extraction site so as to prevent it from shrinking. This also enables our dentist to replace your missing tooth with implants or other restorations in a more comfortable and simple manner. To prevent the bone from deteriorating after an extraction, our dentist may recommend a bone graft, which can often be completed at the same time as the extraction. Doing both procedures at once saves you time and increases your chances of avoiding issues related to bone resorption.
Before your tooth extraction procedure, our dentist will evaluate your condition and discuss with you whether a bone graft or other extraction site preservation methods would be best. If you would like to learn more about extraction site preservation or our other dental services, we invite you to contact our friendly team today. We are here to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!