Extractions (Pulling teeth)
While unfortunate, extractions are sometimes unavoidable. There are numerous reasons for extractions: a lack of room for wisdom teeth, large fractures, cavities too big to repair, and bone loss due to periodontal disease. Your dentist will try to help you avoid situations in which an extraction becomes necessary, but in some cases this cannot be helped. With an extraction, it is important to have a plan in place prior to pulling the tooth.
We can perform many extractions, including wisdom teeth, here in the office. We have a variety of strategies to help with anxiety before and during the procedure; your comfort is our number one goal. In some cases, however, we may refer you to an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon. Certain complications can occur during an extraction that require the help of a surgeon. When these complications are anticipated, the success rate is higher and more predictable when the entire procedure is performed by the surgeon.
How to prepare for an Implant
Once the tooth has been removed, the body no longer supports the bone that has been surrounding the tooth. This bone is very important and essential to holding the implant in place and needs to be preserved. This is done through bone grafting. Ask your dentist more about this important procedure as you prepare for an extraction and possible dental implant.