Extractions and Bone Grafts

What is the Extraction of a Tooth?

Tooth extraction is when the dentist pulls a tooth. A tooth gets removed when it is damaged and can’t be restored. Usually, teeth are pulled because of decay or trauma. During a tooth extraction, a dentist thoroughly numbs the area around the tooth, then pulls or extracts the damaged tooth in question. In many cases, you can have the tooth replaced using several methods. The most popular way of replacing teeth right now is the dental implant.

If you are a person in good health and lose a tooth due to trauma, decay or injury, you may have lost more than a tooth. You may also have lost a part of the jaw that held the tooth, too. Your dentist may suggest bone grafting to rebuild the jaw and make it a better base for other procedures such as dental implants to be done.

What is Bone Grafting?

The process of bone grafting involves taking a piece of bone from one part of your jaw and moving it to the place where the grafting occurs. The area of transplantation takes several months to set in and become stable before further procedures can happen. When a certain amount of time has passed, and the area has healed, additional procedures such as dental implants can and most likely will occur.