Sometimes a tooth may need to be extracted for reasons including overcrowding, infections, and tooth injuries. We will recommend extractions if we examine the tooth and find no way to restore the tooth. We may also recommend a bone graft to preserve the site of the extraction if a tooth replacement is needed.
When a tooth is extracted, a large hole is often left in the bone, that often only partly fills in with typical healing. Bone grafting is a minor surgical procedure that is normally done in a dental office. Grafting material is added to the extraction and sutured in place.
This is especially helpful for situations when an implant is being considered in the future.