Having a tooth extracted is a very traumatic thought for some, but when performed by an experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Ryan Jenkins here at Littleton Implants & Periodontics, the procedure will be a much smoother and more comfortable experience.
There are many reasons why you may need to have a tooth extracted. Some of these reasons include:
Dr. Ryan Jenkins will examine your X-rays and determine the best way to remove your tooth.
Surgical Extraction – Dr. Jenkins extracts all teeth utilizing atraumatic surgical techniques and instruments in order to preserve as much bone as possible for future dental implants. Local anesthesia will be applied to the area. Dr. Jenkins will then make a small incision in the gum tissue around the tooth. The gum tissue is slightly elevated in order to fully access the tooth for atraumatic removal. If severe decay or insufficient tooth structure is present, Dr. Jenkins may have to surgically divide the tooth into multiple pieces in order to atraumatic removal. If the roots of the tooth still cannot be removed, Dr. Jenkins may have to remove some bone around the roots in order get them out. Once the tooth and all roots are removed, Dr. Jenkins will then perform ridge preservation (link to ridge preservation) and graft the sockets to promote healing and prevent bone shrinkage.
If you’d like to learn more about what to expect during your tooth extraction or to make an appointment with Dr. Jenkins, please call Littleton Implants & Periodontics today. Our office is located in Littleton, Colorado.
When a tooth is extracted, the surrounding bone will shrink significantly during healing. It is important to preserve as much of the remaining bone as possible in order to place a dental implant in the future. A bone graft placed into the extraction socket right after the tooth is removed will help preserve the bone and prevent bone shrinkage. This is a very important step that Dr. Jenkins performs during every tooth extraction. After the tooth is removed, the empty socket left in the bone is thoroughly cleaned. The bone graft is then placed into the extraction socket and covered with a resorbable collagen membrane. The membrane and the gum tissues around the extraction socket are then secured with sutures, and the area is left to heal. After 4 months of healing, a Cone Beam CT scan will be taken to evaluate the bone to plan for dental implant placement.
Here at Littleton Implants & Periodontics, we put a special emphasis on patient comfort and education. We want to make sure each patient is fully informed of his or her diagnosis and treatment plan and feels comfortable and confident in our office. Please let us know of any specific concerns or fears you may have regarding your treatment. We’re happy to answer questions or address concerns or fears and will do our best to eliminate them. Read More »
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