Dental extractions may be necessary for the following reasons:
- A tooth is no longer viable (alive)
- Orthodontic reasons
- Prophylactic purposes (i.e. radiation therapy)
Surgical extractions are performed with the consultation of the patient’s general or referring dentist. We keep in close contact with the referring dentists, informing him of the patient’s surgical date and progress. Extractions are generally performed in our surgical suite in the office under local anesthetic, or IV sedation. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are a great option for replacing those teeth. Implants have a natural look, feel, and function. They are the most attractive, natural, and comfortable replacement for missing teeth. Implants can replace teeth that have been missing since birth, or teeth lost to gum disease, infection, trauma, or decay. They can replace single or multiple teeth, and they can dramatically increase the retention and stability of dentures. A person who has lost teeth can regain the ability to eat virtually everything and smile again with confidence with the replacement of dental implants.
When people lose teeth, they also lose the support of underlying bone. As bone reduction occurs, problems associated with the lack of support can lead to denture discomfort, mobility, and lack of retention. Continued loss of bone on the upper and lower jaws can affect the appearance of the overlying facial soft tissue, giving the patient the appearance of advanced aging. The implant process is a team effort between your restorative dentist, your oral surgeon, and you.