A tooth may need to be extracted for a variety of reasons including extreme tooth decay, fractured root, or advanced periodontal disease.
If a tooth cannot be saved, it’s important to extract it as soon as possible to prevent infection in the tooth and jawbone. With modern dental techniques, the procedure should be a comfortable one for you.
In many cases, we also recommend replacing an extracted tooth to preserve the jawbone and stabilize your bite. We will discuss your replacement options with you.
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.
Today, we have the ability to preserve existing bone. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance. This procedure will often coincide with the tooth extraction to prevent bone loss and preserve the area for a dental implant.
Dental Implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.