Tooth Removal With Care and Compassion in San Antonio, TXDr. Robert Villarreal on Saving Jaw Bone After Extraction - Advanced Dental Associates Read Transcript
When a patient loses a tooth, or a person loses a tooth, studies show us that if you don’t preserve that site with either bone augmentation or socket preservation, that up to 30% of the bone is lost vertically (top to bottom) and width and during that loss, if bone loss occurs, you will not have room for an implant because for implants, you need bone width and bone depth. By preserving that missing area the day of (tooth removal) extraction normally we can actually place bone in there and that socket is preserved and becomes one block of bone so we can come back and place a dental implant in the future.
At Advanced Dental Associates, we always want to preserve your natural smile. When teeth are damaged due to trauma, decay, or just wear and tear, we still want to do all we can to save them! After all, there’s no better teeth than your natural teeth!
In some instances, it becomes necessary to extract teeth. If that’s the case, you can trust Dr. Villarreal to perform the extraction with compassion. There are a wide number of reasons teeth removal or extraction is necessary, including:
- Teeth loosened due to advanced gum disease: in these instances bone loss can already have begun, making tooth loss inevitable.
- Severe infection or risk of spreading infection: when teeth become severely infected, they can often be saved with a root canal. In some instances, this isn’t possible due to a spread of infection to bone or surrounding teeth.
- Severe decay: if a tooth can’t be saved with a filling, crown, or other restoration, it may need to be extracted to relieve pain or prevent infection.
- Fractured/broken teeth: while most damaged teeth can be restored, there are instances in which a fracture runs too deep to preserve the tooth. In these cases, extraction is necessary to relieve the severe pain and risk of infection that come with a seriously fractured tooth.
- Wisdom teeth impaction: when wisdom teeth erupt at a bad angle or fail to erupt at all, extraction can be necessary. Normally an advanced procedure, we can do this in our San Antonio, TX office!
The Tooth Extraction Process
Extraction will always include local anesthesia, and we’ll gladly help you get comfortable using one of our sedation services. You can relax and be pain free while we extract your tooth! Depending on the level of sedation you choose, you could be practically asleep the whole time!
Once you’re comfortable and the anesthesia has taken effect, we’ll perform the extraction. Depending on the circumstances, this can be quick or it may take a while. Impacted wisdom teeth are extracted in a more surgical fashion and can take more time.
After extraction is complete, we’ll protect the socket with gauze, having you apply pressure to help stop the bleeding. This generally takes about thirty minutes to an hour. An extracted tooth can take some time to heal, usually around ten days to two weeks.
After an extraction or tooth removal aftercare, you have a few different options to replace your missing tooth.
- A bridge, consisting of two crowns connected to a false tooth, can be fabricated and placed within a couple of weeks. This time will be necessary for our dental lab to construct the crown based on an impression of your mouth post extraction.
- A dental implant is the preferred replacement method and can be done during the same appointment as the extraction. Implants help maintain your bone density and the integrity of neighboring teeth. They act just like a tooth root and are safe, solid attachments!
If you think you may need a tooth removal or extracted, don’t live with the pain your damaged tooth is causing you! Call our San Antonio, TX dentist office today at 210-819-5233 to relieve the discomfort and protect your oral health! You can also make an appointment using our online form. We look forward to helping you soon!