Whether it is brought on by severe decay or damage, there are times that require a tooth extraction. A dental extraction can lead to a drastic change in your smile’s appearance and diminishing functions in biting, chewing, and possibly speaking. A hidden danger of tooth loss is a loss of bone density in your jaw bone, specifically the alveolar bone that supports and surrounds your teeth. The alveolar bone is stimulated by your teeth and their roots. This stimulation is lost with the loss of the tooth causing the the body to stop sending minerals to that area of the bone. This lack of minerals can result in a loss of bone density. Over time, this can cause the jaw to soften and change shape putting the remaining teeth at risk. Extraction site preservation and dental implants are two ways to help minimize bone loss.
After a tooth is extracted, the site where the tooth once was can be filled in with bone graft to help maintain the bone’s density and integrity. The soft gum tissues will then be sutured closed over the bone grafting. Over some time, the area will heal to become strong and stimulated to prevent against possible bone loss. Extraction site preservation can fortify the site of extraction, which can make it a better foundation for a restoration or for a dental implant.
A dental implant is a titanium post strategically placed into the socket of the missing tooth. The implant acts as a replacement for the roots of the tooth, which can replace the stimulation that the roots once provided the bone. An implant can support dentures, a crown, or a bridge safely and securely with a very natural-looking appearance.
Dr. Carmona can help preserve the extraction site using bone grafting or dental implant. To learn more about our comprehensive prosthodontic services, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ernesto Carmona, Jr., call our office in Austin, TX, today at 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.