While she makes every effort to preserve your natural teeth – Dr. Gradoville believes “nothing beats a natural tooth” – there are instances that extractions or tooth removal is necessary. Often this is due to decay that has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have advanced periodontal disease. When a tooth is malformed, damaged, impacted or ingrown, different procedures are used, but all extractions are considered surgery.
When necessary, Dr. Gradoville will provide tooth removal in the most comfortable, minimally invasive approach to not only make the visit manageable but also obtain the best outcome for a tooth replacement, which may include a dental implant, bridge, or denture.
If you’re having one or more teeth extracted and planning to have a dental implant, it’s important to have bone grafting performed during the tooth extraction procedure. Following an extraction, the jaw bone shrinks and if there’s a limited amount of bone, implant placement can become more involved, costly, and in some cases, impossible. By planning to preserve bone after the extraction, Dr. Gradoville can help build a strong foundation for a tooth replacement.