Reasons for Tooth Extraction
There are several reasons teeth may be extracted. Periodontal disease, a fracture, decay, because it is loose, or infection are all possible reasons for tooth extraction. Today, we’ll look at minimally traumatic extractions and site preservation: in other words, tooth extraction and how bone loss arising from tooth extraction is minimized.
Minimally Traumatic Extractions and Site Preservation
While every attempt is made to save the natural teeth, sometimes teeth can no longer be saved or restored. In these cases, extractions are called for. When teeth are removed, every precaution is taken to minimize patient discomfort and to preserve the surrounding bone in order to minimize the amount of bone loss that will occur naturally as a result of the tooth extraction.
Think of how muscles atrophy over time when they are not used. Unfortunately, bone also tends to atrophy or shrink over time from tooth loss. After a tooth is removed, the height and width of the tooth socket will shrink over time.
Bone grafts are often placed into the tooth sockets to prevent the gum tissue from having a concavity in the site where the tooth was removed. Socket bone grafting is not only for esthetics, but it is also crucial for providing a foundation of bone that could house a future dental implant. The bone grafts act as scaffolds to help support the tissues and to encourage your body to begin forming new bone cells to regenerate the bone during healing. Thus, a strong foundation of bone with sufficient width and height is needed to support a future implant.
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