Tooth Extraction and Socket Preservation
Tooth Extraction and Socket Preservation
Extraction of a single tooth or multiple ones often takes place because of gum disease, decay, abscess, or injury. In the best interests of a patient, tooth extraction and socket preservation enable dentists to protect the jawbone so that future dental procedures can restore function.
Tooth Extraction Q & A
Why do tooth extractions occur?
Tooth extraction occurs for different reasons including a deteriorated state, an impacted tooth, or damage received by an injury. Typically, dentists opt to remove teeth for common dental issues.
- Advanced Decay: For most teeth, restoration enables dentists to save them. In certain circumstances, the decay is too advanced and requires removal.
- Preparation For Dental Procedures: Tooth extraction commonly occurs when patients opt for other procedures like braces or implants.
- Infection: When dentists suspect or detect infection such as periodontal disease, tooth removal may occur for the well-being of the patient. It can spread from the mouth throughout the body which will result in harmful medical conditions.
- Crowding: Patients who require orthodontic services to align the teeth may need to have teeth extracted. Likewise, if a tooth is not able to erupt through the gums, it may also require removal.
For teeth that can not undergo restoration procedures, removal remains the only viable option to prevent abscess or infection formations. Dentists may also opt to remove a tooth for spacing if a patient requires braces.
How do dentists extract teeth?
Even though teeth are designed to last a lifetime, adults typically require removal because of their effect on oral health. After the application of a local or general anesthetic, the dentist will cut the tissues that cover the tooth. With the use of forceps to secure the tooth, a rocking motion will loosen it from the jaw bone. For difficult extractions, it may require removal in pieces.
Socket Preservation Q & A
Socket preservation protects a patient in a few critical ways. First, the area will be sensitive to extraction. The area can develop a dry socket, loss of vital blood clots, or complications with the alveolar ridge. If you intend to have any future corrective procedures like implants, the socket preservation procedure preserves the bone that surrounds the roots, which is what implants fuse to.
Why is it essential to avoid a dry socket?
It is critical that patients avoid a dry socket as it can potentially harm the blood clot that formed after the extraction occurred. Once it happens, it exposes the underlying roots which can lead to damage or infection. It will also damage the alveolar ridge which is a critical element of any replacement therapy you choose to have. Once the tooth removal takes place, bone preservation becomes a critical step to preserve the bone underneath as it tends to disappear without use. Once that happens, a dental patient has a high probability of spacing and misalignment which is the primary advantage of preservations.
What actions take place during the procedure?
During a socket preservation procedure, the dentist will complete a bone graft that fills the socket with artificial materials or human and animal bone fragments. Sutures are used to close the area. Preservation enhances the mouth aesthetically and improves the probability of implant success. Proper aftercare protects the gums and overcomes the sensitivity associated with extraction. You are welcome to contact us if you have any concerns or interest in having this procedure done.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What type of procedures does All Smiles Dental Spa perform?We offer all types of procedures from your routine preventative checkup to aesthetics, Invisalign, implant dentistry and sleep apnea appliances. It is our goal to make your visit with us an extremely pleasant one and to send you home with a beautiful and healthy smile.
What should I expect from my first visit?Your first visit to All Smiles Dental Spa establishes a vital foundation for our relationship with you. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information and give you time to get to know your dentist. The initial appointment is designed to get you better acquainted with all we offer as well as introduce you to our dentist and caring staff. We will review your medical and dental histories and evaluate your oral health. We will take digital x-rays of your teeth and explain to you whether or not you require cleaning or any other dental treatment.
What can I do to prevent tooth & gum decay and ensure a healthy mouth?
There are several simple steps we recommend to all our patients :
- Brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum
- Floss every night in an up and down motion while keeping the floss in a U-shape and against the tooth surface
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid sticky sugary foods
- Eat a balanced diet
- Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed
- Sealants placed on young permanent teeth