Tooth Extractions & Bone Grafting - Torrance
Procedures Protecting Oral Health
As a team of skilled dentistry experts, we are dedicated to helping our patients avoid tooth loss whenever possible. However, there are some cases when a tooth extraction is absolutely necessary. The most commonly extracted teeth are the third molars, often called the wisdom teeth. These late erupting teeth can lead to numerous oral health concerns including crowding and impaction.
In order to prevent oral health concerns related to the wisdom teeth, we may recommend a preventive tooth extraction. Many dentists simply remove the tooth and allow the extraction site to fill naturally. However, research indicates this may be detrimental to the shape and health of the mouth. That’s why the Blue Coast Dental Group team uses combined tooth extraction and bone grafting to preserve the natural shape and strength of the smile for optimal oral health. Call our Torrance dental office to schedule your wisdom tooth consultation today.
Reasons We Recommend Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Around the age of 12, children should receive a wisdom tooth evaluation and consultation. At this age, the wisdom teeth are typically still developing below the gum line. By examining these teeth in this early stage, we can help preteens and parents understand whether or not a wisdom tooth extraction will be necessary. Some of the reasons we may recommend a wisdom tooth extraction include:
- A tooth is developing out of alignment with the existing smile line, which could cause the surrounding teeth to shift out of position
- A tooth is developing at an angle that may prevent it from erupting
- A tooth is causing severe pain or dental sensitivity
- A tooth is pressing against the surrounding teeth leading to shifting or misalignment
Types of Tooth Extraction
There are two main types of tooth extractions, simple and surgical. A simple extraction is ideal. When a tooth is fully erupted from the gum line, we start by numbing the area, hold the tooth with metallic tools, and gently shift the tooth in its socket until it slips out on its own.
In most cases, wisdom teeth are at least partially surgically extracted. The surgical removal can be as simple as cutting away a small amount of soft tissue to fully reveal the tooth, or more complicated, involving breaking the tooth into smaller pieces for easy extraction.
Use of Bone Grafting for Socket Preservation
When a tooth is extracted, nearby teeth may shift to fill the socket, the surrounding bone and soft tissue diminish, and the shape of the jaw can change. To ensure the maintenance of the shape and structure of the jaw, placing a bone graft directly following an extraction is necessary. By performing a bone graft the same time that a tooth is extracted, we ensure patients maintain the same jaw shape and flawless oral health.
Benefits of Combined Extraction & Grafting Procedures
There are numerous benefits for patients when it comes to using a combined extraction and bone tissue grafting method, including:
- Decreased risk for oral health concerns like dry socket following an extraction
- Increased stability for surrounding healthy teeth, preventing shifting and dental drift
- Reduced bleeding and healing time following treatment
- Less risk for changes in facial shape that can occur following tooth loss