There is a bone called the alveolar ridge that surrounds your teeth, and exists solely to support them. After a tooth is removed, the alveolar ridge surrounding the tooth begins to degenerate. This can lead to the loss of the surrounding teeth, jawbone and soft tissues.
It is very important that bone replacement material be added to the extraction socket. There are several different types of bone grafting materials and Dr. Jose Lopez will discuss which is right for you. After the tooth is extracted, Dr. Lopez will pack the socket with a bone-like material and cover it with a small plug or a suture. This material will support the tissues surrounding the socket and can later be replaced by the new alveolar bone. This will allow dental implants to be placed at a later date if you choose to do so.
In some cases, it is possible to extract the tooth and place a dental implant at the same time. If you would like to explore this option, please call Dr. Lopez’s office to schedule a consultation prior to the extraction.