Extractions and Bone Grafting
Dental extractions are more common than you might think.
While we do our very best to protect and preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, sometimes it is actually best to remove a troubled tooth in order to protect your health. When an extraction becomes necessary, we do so comfortably and with great results so you can heal and get back on the road to good oral health.
When a Tooth Extraction Becomes Necessary
It is hard to say goodbye to a natural tooth, but if it is seriously infected, broken, or causing you pain and a restoration will not solve the problem, we will be there for you every step of the way by providing pain-free extractions and tooth replacement options, when necessary.
Some situations that may require a tooth extraction include:
- A tooth that is broken at the gum line
- An unsuccessful root canal
- Serious infection
- Significant bone loss
- A broken root
- Impacted wisdom teeth
When you care for your extraction site properly, you may be surprised how quickly it heals. We provide specific post-surgical care instructions based on your individual case, giving you the best chance for a speedy recovery for your smile.
Some guidelines include:
- Avoid chewing on your surgical site.
- Don’t smoke cigarettes or drink beverages through a straw – the sucking action can dislodge the healing tissue.
- Keep the area clean and maintain your oral hygiene.
- Come back for your follow-up exam.
In cases of bone loss, we can often provide bone grafting at the same extraction appointment so you can have dental implants. This can also allow us to preserve bone structure support for your surrounding teeth.
Bone Grafting Treatment
When you suffer from an infection or tooth loss, you may also lose valuable jawbone.
If you want a tooth-replacement option such as dental implants, we need to have enough bone structure for support. If your bone has been compromised, we offer bone grafts to assist with rebuilding the foundation that supports your teeth as well as your facial structure.
Using donor bone, your own bone, artificial bone, or bone from a bovine source, we can replace the bone you have lost. We may even be able to do this at your extraction appointment, eliminating the need for another surgery.
Once we place the donor bone, we cover the area and allow time for it to integrate with your jawbone. The result is more stability, greater function, more tooth replacement options, and the preservation of your appearance.
Are You Experiencing Tooth Pain?
Contact our Ringwood, NJ dental office to schedule an exam with Dr. Harsh Shah. He can diagnose your condition and let you know if a dental extraction is right for you. Dr. Shah’s experience and expertise allows our patients to enjoy beautiful, comfortable, healthy smiles!