Tooth extraction can be needed for many reasons: Tooth decay, tooth fracture, endodontic infection, periodontal disease, etc. Usually, teeth are only extracted when the health and longevity of the tooth is compromised, and there are no other treatments available to save the tooth. Luckily, in this day in age, dental implants are usually a good treatment option to replace the failing tooth.
When the tooth is removed, a large hole (the tooth socket) is left in the bone. To prevent the bone from collapsing, a bone graft is often placed to preserve as much of the native jaw bone as possible, and covered with a barrier membrane to protect the graft. Over the course of the next few months, your body will dissolve the bone graft material and replace it with your own bone. This is important, as bone is needed to support your adjacent teeth, as well as a future dental implant.
Dr. Richard Parris, Dr. Sepi Lee, and Dr. Cliff Lee here at Orange Periodontics and Dental Implantology are well adept at extracting teeth and preparing the site for a future dental implant. We also do our best to try to save your teeth for as long as possible, so contact us to schedule a consultation to find the best treatment solution.