Although we see our most important goal as helping you to keep your teeth for your entire life, there are of course times when that isn’t possible. Whether it’s because of gum disease so severe that even Laser Periodontal Therapy, aka LANAP, can’t save the teeth, or because a tooth splits in half, or a cavity has become too large, or perhaps because fixing a tooth will be just too expensive at that time, there are cases where it truly is best to take the teeth out.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
As a general rule, we refer most wisdom teeth extractions to one of the wonderful oral surgeons with whom we work, especially for those patients who want to be “knocked out” with sedation. However, patients who have fully-erupted wisdom teeth and no complicating medical factors, can usually have those done right in our office with regular anesthetic. Very often, such 3rd molars can be extracted very quickly and easily, and our patients are usually back at work the next day with very little soreness.
For routine extraction of any other tooth, we do most all of those right in our own office, and with years of experience, we typically have very satisfied patients. The most common comment that we hear? “Wow, that wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be!”
Bone Grafting to Preserve Your Jaw for Implants
When it is necessary to remove one or more teeth, we highly recommend that you have a bone graft placed into the tooth socket. Doing so will maintain both the height and thickness of the jaw bone in that area, and not doing so will allow that area to collapse inwards. Even if you aren’t planning on getting a dental implant right away, keeping enough bone there for later on makes eventual dental implants so much easier. Basically, it’s a lot easier to preserve bone than it is to build it back up after it’s already been lost.