Socket Preservation for Improved Oral Health
Another benefit of dental implants is extraction site preservation. Stimulation of the jaw through stress absorbed by an implant while in function creates and maintains strong bone and reverses atrophy. In a practice focused on replacing extracted teeth with dental implants removing a diseased tooth is just as important as the following installation of the implant. More complicated than a simple yank the tooth must be sectioned and carefully dissected out so as not to damage the sometimes very fragile supporting tissue in the immediate area. This type of careful and gentle surgery minimizes the necessity for bone rebuilding procedures. The site is then adequately cleaned and prepared to ensure there are no further complications. With a tooth suddenly missing, even with careful dissection to remove it, the body and the jawline will compensate, as the jaw degenerates and warps to account for the sudden space. This change in shape can affect your healing process and lead to the rise of both function and cosmetic issues down the road, from a misshapen jaw to difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing.
Keeping Your Mouth Healthy
To account for this, dental implants and or socket preservation grafts can be installed. A dental implant, usually installed soon after the tooth removal surgery, is a root shaped anchor designed to support replacement teeth. Because the jaw bone at the extraction site will begin deteriorating once the surgery is concluded, it is important to preserve these sites by placing the implant as soon as possible. Grafting or re-growing bone is a far more involved process than preventing bone loss. Therefore if an implant is not immediately placed a socket preservation bone graft should be placed to minimize shrinkage of the site. Socket preservation grafts will set a solid foundation for any future surgeries or procedures you may need on the extraction site, and prevent warping, deterioration or other damage. However, dental implants require a strong jaw bone, so if you wait and allow the structure around the extraction site to weaken it may be too late to install these implants in an uncomplicated manner.
Find Your Perfect Smile
A dental bridge is another option which benefits from extraction site preservation. A fixed dental bridge uses the support of the adjacent teeth to fill the space, inserting a replacement tooth across the site. A fixed bridge, like a dental implant, requires a strong and normally shaped underlying jaw bone area, so it is important to have this procedure done before the structure can degenerate in the aftermath of the extraction. Simpler options include removable dentures, designed to accommodate as much space as you require.
Dr. Corsello will recommend the best option for your particular circumstance. With over 25 years of experience and training, he is one of Pittsburgh’s most respected local doctors. At Northland Dental Medicine, we boast the technology needed for all extraction site preservation options, and the quality of our service is outstanding. Call today and discover your new smile.
“Amazing job with quite a difficult task - a dental implant on the most fragile spot... performed to absolute Perfection - All in One Day surgery... It was followed by very professional, high-tech equipped treatments by the most knowledgeable and friendly office staff after the surgery. Thank you So Much, Dr. Corsello and the Team!” Lana K.