Bone Preservation After Extraction

Many people need to have a tooth extracted, whether it has so much decay that it can’t be saved , whether it’s from a sports injury, or a variety of other reasons. The extraction is usually pretty straightforward and easy for the patient.

The problems come when the extracted tooth is not replaced, preferably with a dental implant. Why? Because when a tooth has been removed, the supporting bone underneath that tooth immediately begins to atrophy. The reason for this degeneration of the bone is simple force. When you chew and bite, a tremendous amount of force is transferred downward through your teeth into your jawbone. This energy keeps the jawbone healthy, regenerating new bone mass.

Bone PreservationBut when that tooth is gone, no more force is directed down into the jawbone in that area and the process of deterioration begins.

Dr. Miller counteracts this deterioration with a bone preservation graft.

New and old extractions

To ensure an adequate amount of bone mass for the future placement of an implant after a tooth extraction, Dr. Miller believes in placing a bone preservation graft immediately after extraction. If the patient has had a missing tooth for a while, Dr. Miller also uses bone regeneration grafting to re-grow bone that has been lost.

How is bone grafting done?

In a bone grafting procedure, Dr. Miller first makes a small incision in the gum, pulling it away from the bone. He then places the regenerative bone grafting material, along with platelet-rich protein to stimulate growth and promote healing. From there your body takes over, forming healthy new bone that will support a dental implant.

If you have questions about tooth extraction or bone regeneration, call Dr. Miller at 503-640-9310.

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