Teeth may be deemed non-salvageable due to extensive cavities, trauma, or fracture. Once the tooth or teeth is extracted, it is important to follow the provided post-op care instructions to ensure proper healing.
The blood clot that forms in the tooth socket is an important part of the normal healing process and should not be disturbed. Avoid anything that would suction or break down the clot for 24 hours. Sometimes the blood clot does not form soon after or it breaks loose — a painful condition called “dry socket.” If you experience this, call us. A dressing may be placed in the socket to reduce the pain and protect it until the a new clot forms.
Having a tooth taken out is surgery. You can expect some mild discomfort after even simple extractions. NSAIDs like Advil, Motrin, or generic ibuprofen can greatly decrease pain after a tooth extraction.
Over time, however, having a tooth or teeth missing can cause the remaining teeth to shift, affecting your bite and making it difficult to chew. For that reason, your dentist may advise replacing the missing tooth or teeth with an implant, fixed bridge, or denture.
Dental bone grafting is done to correct a defect of deficiency and to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease, or trauma. We use a special bone substitute to prepare an empty tooth site for an implant or bridge . This allows adequate width of bone for an ideal outcome.