When a tooth is decayed or broken to the point where it is not possible to restore, a tooth extraction (removal) becomes necessary. The extractions are done in the comfort of our office using local anesthetic. Nitrous oxide is also available for use. After removal of your tooth, our team with help you determine the best way to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant, bridge or removable prosthesis.
When a tooth is removed, a socket, or hole in the bone, remains. If the body is allowed to heal on its own at this point, the surrounding tissues and bone often collapse into this socket, causing a change in the contour or the bone. This creates an undesirable appearance. If an implant is to be placed, a bone graft is necessary to add strength to the site and may allow for faster healing.
With the bone graft in place, the collapse of the tissues into the socket is prevented, resulting in a more esthetic result.