When removing a tooth, it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and shrink in size 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 bone graft may be necessary at the time of the extraction in order to preserve the extraction site. Please let us know what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. We are always happy to inform you about your various options and develop a suitable treatment plan with you.
If you have any questions about extraction site preservation, please contact us at (979) 543-2737.