When you have a tooth extracted, you will have left a hole in the jaw bone. This hole was where that tooth once resided. While the soft tissue around this hole will eventually heal up and fill in, the hole in the jaw bone will not on its own. In fact, it will do just the opposite and will shrink up and leave a much larger hole over time. This can lead to bone loss and jawline loss. Soon the adjacent teeth start to fold into the hole and lose the robust root system they once had. The facial profile will begin to change, and additional teeth will have to be extracted.
Not only are we concerned about the bone loss that will cause facial changes or the adjacent teeth, but there also isn’t much for the implant to attach to. When looking at getting an implant to replace your missing teeth, you might be looking at a bone graft.
If you have a tooth impacted by decay and is causing pain, you might opt to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant. Typically, bone grafts are put in right at the time of the surgery to have your tooth removed. Bone grafts come from other parts of the body or other synthetic bone materials. This will allow for the new bone to take to the area more quickly and be less likely to be rejected by the body. It will start to grow and fill in that hole that was left behind when the tooth was extracted.
Other reasons for cone grafting are areas that have been affected by trauma or where periodontal disease has started to affect the jaw bone.
The most common form of dental surgery is teeth extraction. This may be necessary when there is trauma, infection, or decaying tissue around the tooth root that requires it to be removed. However, you cannot simply leave that hole there without having other complications down the road. As stated before, the bone will not fill in or regrow without a little help from a bone graft.
A bone graft is used to help regrow the jaw bone where the tooth was pulled. This will lay down the foundation for the implant once it has properly healed. It helps improve the longevity of dental implants, and it is necessary for patients to have healthy bone formation.
The human body has a remarkable ability to regenerate and repair damaged cells and tissues. The process of bone regeneration is a complex one. It involves both the replacement of a damaged bone with a stronger, denser one as well as the formation of new bones from an underlying layer of connective tissue that wraps around it.
In order to promote bone regeneration, it’s best to do these things:
- Spend time in healthy movement
- Increase collagen production
- Take in extra vitamin D through diet or supplements
- Consume enough calcium
- Take supplements that have been found to increase bone strength and density, such as glutamine or fish oil.
Be sure that you keep the site extra cleans as well. You don’t want to get a secondary infection from having food particles or bacteria build up around the open wound. As with any open mouth wound, it will heal relatively quickly, as the mouth is made to do just that. If you have any questions or concerns regarding bone grafting, tooth extraction, or tooth implants, you can always call our office at 407-862-1211. We would be happy to assist.
Tooth extraction is a painful procedure for many people. There are various reasons why you might need an extraction, such as dental trauma, gum disease, or a wisdom tooth. You should always consult with your dentist on what is best for your situation. Some people choose to do a tooth extraction versus a root canal due to the cost of the procedure. However, keep in mind that it is a good idea to have bone grafting done once that tooth is removed. Tooth extraction and bone grafting go hand in hand so that you don’t compromise your jaw bone, even if you are not looking at getting a tooth implant right away or at all. Getting a bone graft will keep the other teeth from caving in.
While Dr. Steven Darley offers tooth extraction with bone graft, he also provides many other dental solutions. Call today if you have been experiencing pain or have not been to a local Altamonte Springs dentist. You don’t want to let your oral health go, as your smile is not only a smile but linked to your self-confidence. If you lose your beautiful smile due to negligence, you may also lose self-confidence.
It is very important that you see your dentist every 6 months for proper cleaning. Getting your teeth cleaned is important to your overall health. When your oral health goes bad, it has been proven to affect your heart. Call 407-862-1211 and set up an appointment today.