Unfortunately, there may be a time when your dentist recommends one or more of your teeth be extracted. This can typically be avoided with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, but life happens. Once a dental extraction has been recommended, you should talk to your dentist about extraction site preservation. Site preservation can keep your jaw and the rest of your teeth healthy. Preserving the site can also keep the area stable for any future implants or restoration. Without extraction site preservation, the jawbone may become soft and not fortified enough to support an implant.
Once a tooth is removed, the jawbone that once supported it is deemed useless by the body. The body stops sending minerals to the bone, and then begins taking minerals away. This demineralization leads to a loss of bone density in the jawbone. This weakening of the jawbone can cause the remaining teeth to shift; think of a neighborhood built on soft sand. Your remaining teeth become endangered of falling out when your jaw becomes too weak to support them. Extraction site preservation is designed to strengthen the bone. Site preservation typically involves bone grafting, where bone material is grafted onto the extraction site. The bone material is either from somewhere else in your mouth, donor bone, or synthetic material. Your natural bone will fuse to the bone graft, which will strengthen the area.
A dental implant is a biocompatible titanium post that is strategically placed into your jaw. Over time, the jawbone will fuse to the implant. Extraction site preservation fortifies the jawbone to be strong enough to support the dental implant. Over time, the bone will fuse to the implant, which will provide a sturdy foundation for a prosthetic replacement in the form of a crown, bridge, or dentures.
If you have a tooth extracted, ask about extraction site preservation. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.