Following tooth extraction, the bone at the extraction site begins to resorb (shrink). Bone resorption can make placing tooth replacements, such as dental implants, more difficult or even impossible. In addition, shrinkage in the bone can cause cosmetic consequences, such as a “sunken” appearance of the bone and gum tissue. To prevent these consequences, our skilled dentist may recommend extraction site preservation.
Extraction site preservation ensures that the bone is maintained to allow for successful placement of dental implants or other tooth replacements, as well as enhancing the appearance of your smile. We may recommend a bone graft to ensure that the bone does not resorb. In many cases, the extraction site preservation service can be performed at the same time as the tooth extraction to ensure optimal results. This also saves you time by allowing you to complete both treatments in just one visit to our office.
Our dentist will help you determine which type of bone graft or other extraction site preservation options are right for your individual dental needs. We welcome you to call or visit our dental office today to learn more about extraction site preservation and to schedule your next visit to our practice. We are dedicated to caring for your smile, no matter your needs!