If you develop a cavity or experience bone loss due to gum disease, you might benefit from extractions or a bone graft. At EZ Dental, the team of experienced dentists regularly performs extractions and bone grafts to encourage optimal oral hygiene and preserve smiles. To schedule an appointment at the San Jose, California, practice, call the office or book online today.
Extractions and bone grafts are two common types of oral surgery:
An extraction is an outpatient procedure that removes one (or multiple) teeth. There are a variety of reasons you might need an extraction, including tooth decay, infection, or crowding. You might also need extractions to get braces or dental implants.
Sometimes, untreated gum disease causes bone loss. To prevent further damage, your dentist might recommend a bone graft. During a bone graft procedure, your dentist implants a piece of synthetic bone material into your jaw. Once placed, the bone material encourages the production of healthy, natural tissue.
To determine if you’re a candidate for extractions or a bone graft, the team at EZ Dental conducts a comprehensive oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your symptoms. Afterward, they take a series of digital X-rays to assess the health and condition of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone.
Whenever possible, the team recommends conservative, noninvasive treatment. For example, if you have a small cavity, a filling might be enough to prevent further damage and preserve your tooth. If you have gum disease, a deep cleaning can stop your gums from receding, reducing the risk of bone loss.
If the team determines that extractions or a bone graft are right for you, they develop a custom care plan tailored to your needs.
At EZ Dental, the team offers two types of extractions:
A simple extraction typically takes less than 15 minutes. Your dentist administers a local anesthetic and carefully loosens your tooth with a tool called an elevator. Afterward, they remove the tooth.
If you have an impacted tooth or a tooth below the gum line, the team might recommend a surgical extraction. During a surgical extraction, your dentist administers a local anesthetic and makes a small incision along your gums. They split your impacted tooth into several sections and remove each piece separately.
Following extractions or a bone graft, your dentist sends you home with a list of recovery instructions:
After extractions, it’s normal to experience some mild swelling and sensitivity. To limit discomfort, apply an ice pack to your cheek or take over-the-counter pain medication. Brush and floss as normal, but be gentle around the extraction site.
A bone graft takes several weeks to recover from. To prevent complications, take your medication as prescribed, eat soft foods, and attend each of your post-graft check-ups. You can return to work and other normal activities within three to four days.
To learn more about extractions and bone grafts, schedule an appointment at EZ Dental. Book online or call to speak with a member of the support staff today.