Tooth Extractions and Bone Grafts

Sometimes teeth need to be removed due to trauma, disease, cavities, periodontal disease, or severe crowding.  When a tooth needs to be extracted, we first numb the area with a local anesthetic.  In some cases, stitches will be placed to help with healing.

Bone grafts or socket preservation procedures are often recommended once a tooth is extracted.  In many people, removal of the tooth results in shrinkage of the bone.  When considering future replacement options, such as implants, bridges or dentures, shrinkage of the bone can lead to a decrease in esthetics or a denture which does not fit as well.  In these cases we recommend doing a socket preservation procedure in order to maintain the bone so you may have a beautiful and functional smile in the future.