Extraction Site Preservation
When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be
done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom
teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its
own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove another
tooth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is
done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and
change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift.
This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to
speak and chew.
If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw
bone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental
bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth
Your dentist is always open to a conversation on what you
would like to do with your extraction site before removing a
tooth. They will be able to make a recommendation and layout a
treatment plan. Make sure to schedule follow up appointments to
properly care for your extraction site.