Do I Need A Post-Extraction Implant?

The first concern patients voice when they discover they require a tooth extraction addresses what will become of their previously complete smile. Fortunately, we offer dental implants to replace your extracted tooth if you are in need of a tooth replacement. While you may assume every tooth removal requires us to then address the open space, this is not always the case. Learn more about whether you qualify for an implant after your extraction, reasons you may not, and whether you need a tooth replacement at all. Keep in mind, we will work closely with you to ensure you’re on track for a beautiful, complete, healthy smile.

Your Tooth Or Gums Are Unhealthy

If we remove your tooth because it is infected or because it requires removal as the result of periodontal disease, it may not be time for a dental implant just yet. However, an implant may provide you with a wonderful solution once you are clear of existing infection – or, once you have received successful periodontal treatment.

Your Wisdom Tooth Is Impacted

If we remove your wisdom tooth, you will not require a replacement tooth. These are your “third molars,” which form behind the rest of your teeth and are not required for esthetics or daily function. In fact, some people never even develop wisdom teeth.

Your Smile Is Overcrowded

You will not require a dental implant or other prosthetic if we remove your tooth because your smile is overcrowded. In this case, the tooth extraction occurs to create additional space in your smile in preparation for orthodontic treatment to align your teeth.

Your Tooth Is Broken

If you require an extraction due to serious trauma that damages your tooth, a dental implant offers a wonderful tooth replacement option that will restore your entire tooth, including your roots. In some cases, we can perform the extraction and place an implant in one day.


Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).