Whether it from severe decay or injury, there are times that require a tooth to be extracted. Losing a tooth as an adult can be quite a negative experience resulting in a drastic change in appearance and diminishing function in biting, chewing, and possibly speaking. A hidden danger of tooth extraction is bone loss in the jaw bone, more specifically the alveolar bone. The alveolar bone is the bone that supports and surrounds your teeth. The bone receives stimulation from the teeth and their roots. Without this stimulation, the body will stop sending minerals to the bone, which will result in a loss of bone density. Over time, the bone loss will cause the jaw to soften and change shape putting the remaining teeth at risk.
After a tooth extraction, the site where the tooth once was can be filled in with bone graft to maintain the bone’s density and integrity. The tissues will be sutured closed over the bone grafting. The area will heal, and become strong and stimulated to prevent against possible bone loss. Site preservation can fortify the area, which can make it a better foundation for a restoration or for a dental implant.
A dental implant is a titanium post placed into the socket of the missing tooth. The implant replaces the roots of the tooth, which replaces the stimulation that the roots once provided the bone. An implant can support dentures, a crown, or a bridge safely and securely. Same-day implants may be available to some patients facing a dental extraction. A same-day implant allows for the implant to be placed on the same visit as the extraction, which can limit degradation of the bone.
If you have lost a tooth, be sure to prevent bone loss. Dr. Carmona can 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.