Walnut Creek, CA
Pulling or extracting teeth is a common dental procedure. Whether it is because of decay,fracture, or poor placement, there is a right way to pull a tooth to allow for future restoration. Our prosthodontists, Dr. Keith and Dr. Gibbs can discuss your options with you during an evaluation and go over possible future plans in restoration. Our team at the Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek want you to have proper bite and alignment to have ideal function and aesthetics for your oral health.
When a Tooth is Extracted
Following the removal of a tooth, there are some events that quickly occur. One of them is the loss of bone. As with any part of your body, if it is not being used, your bone begins to pull inward, through a process known as atrophy, or absorption. When a tooth is no longer in its socket, the bone is no longer being stimulated through pressure and motion, so it decreases. As the bone decreases in both width and height, this can cause issues for future restorations, including the placement of a tooth implant. Decreased bone also gives patients that older facial appearance that indicates that teeth are missing.
What can I do to stop bone atrophy?
The key to minimizing bone loss is trusting your care with someone who knows what to do. When you are having a tooth extracted, know that your dentist has your future interest in mind. Dr. Keith and Dr. Gibbs are prosthodontists - they are skilled in the placement of implants, and the preparation needed for dental restorations. Using careful technique and current tools and instrumentation, they can preserve your tooth socket after a tooth has been pulled.
To preserve the socket, we treat the area immediately following extraction with a specialized procedure of a bone graft. A bone graft sounds serious, but it is a simple in office procedure of placing minuscule bone graft material to help preserve the bone, we then place a collagen plug system. This allows for us to predictably maintain the bone available for future implant placement, saving you time, money and discomfort.
Immediately following your extraction, we can place the grafting material. Placing a bone graft is done in our office under local anesthesia. Many patients picture chunks of bone when we describe this, it is not chunks, but millimeters, generally in a fine ground powder. Post-operatively there may be some swelling and you will be prescribed an oral analgesic to help relieve any discomfort. Having your tooth extracted with the foresight of possible restoration will save you time, money, and discomfort.
Contact our East Bay office in Walnut Creek, CA. Our dentists, Dr. Keith and Dr. Gibbs are here to answer your questions about tooth extractions, and the right and wrong way to pull your teeth to allow ease for future restoration. (925) 266-3550.