Tooth extractionsConditions Treated
Our gentle tooth extractions
Sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary. Injuries, decay, and crooked teeth are some of the common reasons. We strive to be as non-invasive as possible in order to best preserve the tissues and bone that surround the tooth as well as ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. We see that the proper amount of anaesthesia is used as well as prescribing any antimicrobial therapy and/or antibiotics to facilitate comfort and healing.
When a tooth is missing, whether by extraction or other means, it is necessary to bolster the bone where the tooth used to be. If left untreated, the bone in the area will begin to reduce and be absorbed by the body. This in turn can cause surrounding teeth to shift and become crooked, inviting gum disease and tooth decay.
When we perform an extraction, the empty socket is first disinfected to eliminate any bacteria that may be present. Often, we will then do a bone graft, which is the process of placing bone graft material in the socket. This will not only reduce the bone’s tendency to be resorbed but will also spark generation of new bone. Most often, once the bone grafting is done, we will place a collagen membrane over the graft site for protection, which will gradually integrate into the bone and surrounding tissues. The gums over the extraction site are then allowed to heal.