What To Know Before An Extraction
Tooth extractions may be necessary when you have teeth damaged beyond repair, or in some cases, we need to remove teeth to prepare for orthodontic treatment. Dr. Philip Pack uses laser dentistry to perform tooth extractions for optimal results and a socket preservation technique to ensure proper healing.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A TOOTH EXTRACTION is preformed?
Since the body perceives the extraction as an injury, the healing response is triggered which means a blood clot will start to form immediately over the wound. This clot acts as a protective barrier and can be dislodged. This is why we encourage all patients to eat from the other side of their mouth and to avoid drinking through a straw.
there are many reasons for a tooth extraction
Some of the reasons to undergo a tooth extraction include:
- Severely damaged teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Effects of gum disease
- Infection of one or more teeth
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment
IMPORTANCE OF SOCKET PRESERVATION
Preserving the socket is a high priority after a tooth has been removed to preserve bone and prevent jaw deformity. We can use one of several techniques to preserve the bone after the tooth extraction to minimize any damage or bone loss. This is especially important for patients considering implants for tooth replacement because implants are secured into the bone.
Once the tooth is removed, we often use a bone substitute powder or fill the area with bone powder before covering it with a biocompatible barrier. This helps regenerate the tissue quickly and ensures proper healing of the bone.
Dr. Pack is an experienced periodontist and implant dentistry expert. He is an Assistant Attending Periodontist in the Department of Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital and is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.