When it is time for a tooth extraction
Chronic toothaches, signs of infection, or severely damaged teeth may indicate a more serious oral health issue that requires complete removal of the tooth. There are several situations when a tooth must be extracted. In most cases, the goal of removing problem teeth is to relieve pain and restore your oral health.
Some of the reasons why Dr. Soonmyo Wheeler may extract a tooth include:
What you should know about tooth extractions
Tooth extractions are a relatively simple procedure but we do whatever we can to avoid extracting a tooth and save the natural teeth when possible. Tooth extractions are usually a last resort when we have done everything possible to prevent a serious condition from developing in or around a tooth. We do perform several procedures that can strengthen or rebuild the natural tooth, such as crowns, veneers, and other tooth restoration procedures.
Socket preservation prepares for dental implants
Once a tooth is lost, bone loss begins almost immediately. Replacing an extracted tooth with a dental implant as soon as possible is ideal in most situations to prevent further bone loss and other health concerns. Socket preservation is a type of bone grafting procedure that prepares the extraction site for a future implant. During the procedure, bone tissue is placed into the space left by tooth roots and is allowed to fuse with existing bone, to provide a solid foundation for a dental implant.