Conditions for successful dental implants require a certain amount of healthy bone to hold them in place.
Bone grafting is a procedure that replaces lost bone using bone from the patient’s own body or from a synthetic source.
In cases where there is too little bone to hold an implant, the addition of bone through bone grafting will be performed first. Then after several months of healing, the implant(s) can be placed into the new bone.
We may recommend bone grafting in cases where:
- The jawbone needs more support for dental implants
- Teeth have been lost due to accident, trauma or disease
- Destruction of the bone has been caused by advanced periodontal disease
- Removable dentures have caused bone loss
- The bone surrounding any of the patients teeth has diminished
- Extraction of a tooth is necessary
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth, sometimes called the “third molars” are the teeth furthest back in your mouth and the last teeth to emerge.
Most people's jaws are only long enough to accommodate 28 teeth in their mouths – 14 upper and 14 lower teeth, so as these four new molars begin to erupt in this limited space, they can become impacted – trapped in the jaw bone, growing sideways, or only partially erupting through the gum.
Problems that can occur from impacted teeth range from mild to severe and can include:
- Gum disease due to infection of surrounding tissue and gum
- Crowding and damage to adjacent teeth
- Cavities forming between the impacted tooth and tooth in front of it
- Bad breath
- Pain and swelling in the mouth and jaw
- Headaches and neck pain
- Permanent damage to nerves and bone
What Are Extractions?
Tooth extractions are the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
When Are Extractions Needed?
Reasons for extraction:
- If a tooth has been damaged by decay or a fracture, our experts will try to repair it and restore it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, the damage is too extensive for the tooth to be repaired. This is the most common reason for extracting a tooth.
- Some people have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in.
- People undergoing orthodontic work may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
- People receiving radiation to the head and neck may need to have teeth in the field of radiation extracted.
- People receiving chemotherapy may develop infected teeth because chemotherapy weakens the immune system, increasing the risk of infection. These teeth may need to be extracted.
- People receiving an organ transplant may need some teeth extracted if the teeth are at risk of becoming sources of infection after the transplant, when immuno- suppressive medications are given.
Types of Extractions:
- A simple extraction
- A surgical extraction.
- Wisdom Teeth Extractions