Extraction is always our last option because we want to preserve your natural smile. However, our dental team will recommend removing a tooth if:

  • It is too decayed to be restored with a dental filling or dental crown
  • The enamel is broken to the point that it cannot be put back together
  • Advanced gum disease has made the bone surrounding the tooth unstable
  • More room is needed within the mouth for a new denture/upcoming orthodontic treatment
  • A lingering baby tooth is blocking the path of an incoming adult tooth
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Another common reason for tooth extractions is infection. An infection inside of your tooth can often spread to the gums, jawbone, and the rest of the body if it’s left untreated. We must extract these heavily infected teeth to prevent more serious issues like bone damage and additional tooth loss from occurring.

What Is Socket Preservation?

Dental socket preservation is the process of filling fresh extraction sites with bone or synthetic graft material that promotes new bone formation immediately after tooth removal. What better time to promote new bone growth? The bone that supports the teeth has already suffered trauma caused by extraction and healing factors are being dispatched to the site via the blood supply, making it even easier for new bone to be generated.

Why Do Dentists Perform Socket Preservation?

After patients fully heal from extractions, it is not uncommon for the supporting alveolar bone to shrink 50% or more of its pre-extraction width. Once the tooth is removed, the surrounding socket remodels and resorbs because it no longer has a purpose. The main objective of a socket preservation graft is to prevent both the collapse of buccal-lingual bone width and the reduction of bone height as an extraction site heals, improving the quantity of bone available for dental implant stabilization.

How does socket preservation help the dental implant process?

Socket preservation can make it easier and quicker to place dental implants. Socket preservation techniques often eliminate the need for more invasive bone grafting surgery at a later time. Most patients are ready for implant placement 3 to 4 months after dental socket preservation. Having a separate grafting surgery is invasive and takes additional time for new bone to form before an implant can be placed.

Extraction Recovery & Aftercare

To make your recovery go as smoothly and comfortably as possible, we’ve included some easy yet helpful aftercare tips for extractions:

  • Take the pain medication we give you as described.
  • Use gauze pads to promote clotting and reduce bleeding. Be sure to always replace your gauze once it’s soaked in blood, or after every 3 to 4 hours.
  • Give yourself at least 2 days to relax after your extraction. Typically, we can schedule planned extractions on a Friday so you can have the weekend to take it easy.
  • Use a cold compress or ice pack to reduce swelling but alternate it on and off of your face for 10 minutes each session.
  • Avoid using a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid smoking or the use of tobacco.
  • Prop your head up while laying down.
  • Continue your brushing and flossing routine but avoid the extraction site.