When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove another tooth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew.
If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw bone is necessary to install the implant. To ensure that you have enough bone for a future implant, we always recommend placing bone graft material in the extraction socket immediately after tooth extraction. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift.
We are always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. We will be able to make a recommendation and propose a treatment plan. Make sure to schedule follow up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.