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How to Prevent Bone Loss After a Tooth Extraction

Posted on August 15, 2022

White-haired couple hugging and smiling on a couch in a well-lit roomWhen a tooth has suffered severe damage or decay, it can pose a risk to the health and function of the entire mouth. Not only can a compromised tooth lead to issues like infections and gum disease, but damage and decay are also associated with extreme discomfort. In severe cases, a tooth extraction may be the best option for certain patients to restore the health of their mouth. Unfortunately, the teeth and jawbone make up a system of mutual support and — when left unfilled — the gap resulting from an extracted tooth can cause the jawbone to deteriorate, leaving the mouth vulnerable to gum recession, misalignment, possible infection, and other concerns. While our renowned implant dentist only performs extractions on an emergency basis, we’re often able to combat post-extraction bone loss using high-quality dental implants.

Our implants are composed of a durable titanium post, which is inserted into the gumline and left to integrate with the jawbone. First, our team previews placement of the implant with the advanced ScanX Digital Panoramic X-Ray System. After we surgically embed the implant, the most integral part of the dental implant procedure — known as “osseointegration” — can begin. This phase, which generally takes a few months, involves fusion of the implant to the jawbone. After osseointegration is complete and the restoration is placed (i.e. the implant is successfully affixed to the jaw and topped by a dental crown, bridge, or denture), the implant should be nearly identical to the rest of the teeth in both function and appearance. Fortunately, this can restore your jawbone’s strength and prevent bone loss.

At our practice, dental implants can be incorporated into a number of effective treatments and restorations. If you would like to learn more about our dental implant options, please contact us today.