Do Receiving Implants Mean I Need Extraction?

santa rosa extractionWe use dental implants to do more than replace individual missing teeth. In fact, we can support bridges and even a full set of dentures. However, sometimes we need to extract teeth to make room for your new smile. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about extraction and dental implant placement.

When We Extract Teeth

If we find you have any diseased or infected teeth, then we may extract them prior to creating a dental prosthetic. If you have lost the vast majority of your teeth and need a complete prosthetic, such as a denture, then we will remove any remaining teeth to clear the way for your new smile. Essentially, if the tooth in question stands between you and optimal oral health, then we can facilitate a comfortable removal process.

Extraction and Implant Placement

Our team will provide general anesthesia and sedation options to ensure you remain calm and comfortable, with little to no memory of the procedure at all. We then gently remove the tooth with forceps, planning and guiding the process with digital technology. That way, we avoid any sensitive areas, such as nerve tissues or sinus cavities. We then suture the area closed and take detailed digital images of your smile. Once your extraction site has healed properly, we use the digital images to plan the importance of one or more dental implants. A digital surgical guide helps through the process of inserting the dental implants into your jawbone. The posts will then bond with the jawbone and act as new roots. For some, we could then attach a prosthetic in the same visit! For others, a return visit for the attachment of a denture may be necessary.

Preserving Your New Smile

Once the removal process is completed, and your new implants have been inserted and a prosthetic attached, you will need to care of these as you would a natural tooth. Daily care is necessary to help prevent disease and other complications from causing implant failure. With proper care and attention however, your new teeth could last for decades to come, possibly even a lifetime! If you have any questions about how we address missing teeth with implant dentistry, or about when a general extraction may be right for your smile, then contact our team today to learn more. Even if you’ve lost all of your teeth, we can still restore health, function, and beauty to your smile.

Do You Have Questions About General Extraction?

We use oral surgery to not only remove a tooth, but to replace missing ones too. To learn more about removing teeth or replacing them, then schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.