Like you, we are not excited about extractions, but sometimes there’s no other option. In our office, we do our fair share of extracting teeth, but if we feel you’d be better served in the hands of an oral surgeon, then we’ll refer you to them.
Our understanding of an extraction and the quality of a good extraction has changed over the years. We are now making a concerted effort to “preserve” the bone socket by inserting either bone-grafting material (freeze-dried bone) or PRP, or PRF (your own blood products) to facilitate better healing and bone volume. The purpose of bone is to hold teeth in place. When a tooth is extracted, the bone no longer has its purpose and, in many cases, the bone atrophies (shrinks). Why is this important? Suppose you want an implant. The bone that fills in the extraction socket needs to be a good, dense quality in order to support the implant and all the loading forces of the crown that is secured to the implant. Poor bone volume or quality increases the risk of poor implant success. Also, rebuilding bone in an extraction socket helps support the tooth next to the hole we’ve just created. Otherwise, that tooth will be compromised and experience bone loss too. Say you want a bridge. The shape of that area in preventing food from collecting in this area is minimized with well-shaped socket preservation. And let’s talk about facial esthetics. Sunken-in bone sockets can translate that shape to the lips and cheek. So all in all, there are better outcomes when we can preserve the extraction socket.
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Like you, we are not excited about extractions, but sometimes there’s no other option. In our office, we do our fair share of extracting teeth, but if we feel you’d be better served in the hands of an oral surgeon, then we’ll refer you to them.Learn More