Sometimes a tooth needs to be pulled. The most common reasons for a tooth extraction are gum disease, severe damage due to fracture or decay, and dental crowding. Regardless of the reason, it is important to ensure the loss of one or more teeth does not lead to the weakening of your jawbone so that you can maintain your healthy smile.
The best way to avoid bone loss after tooth extraction, whether it is a single tooth, several teeth, or all of the remaining teeth, is to replace the teeth with dental implants or an implant denture. Dental implants function just like your natural teeth, and they provide the support needed to maintain adequate bone structure. When the tooth or teeth are removed, Dr. Arash Azarbal will evaluate your needs to determine the ideal placement of each implant, as well as to identify whether bone grafting will be necessary to achieve the desired outcome. If bone loss has already occurred, bone grafting can restore jawbone density to a sufficient degree that you will see comfortable, long-lasting, and beautiful results.
Aside from dental implants and bone grafting, the best ways to minimize bone loss after tooth extraction include:
- Quit all tobacco products, including cigarettes, vaping products, and chewing tobacco. We know it can be difficult, but these habits increase the likelihood of periodontal disease and bone loss, in addition to numerous other health concerns. If you need help quitting, reach out!
- Excellent oral health is one of the best ways to protect your teeth, gums, and smile. Twice daily brushing and daily flossing, coupled with regular dental visits, can minimize the risk of bone loss over time due to periodontal disease.
- Bone loss can occur very quickly after tooth extraction, often in as little as six weeks, so it is important to have a plan for replacement ready. Dr. Azarbal will provide guidance in determining the ideal timeline for your restorations at your initial consultation.
Extractions are sometimes necessary, but they don’t have to lead to diminished dental function in the long term. Talk to us today to learn how you can prevent bone loss after tooth extraction.