Dental extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons. Tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration is the most frequent indication for extraction of teeth. Other indications are related to impacted or problematic wisdom teeth, severe gum disease, and also to make space for orthodontic treatment in some particular cases.
Once a tooth is extracted the remaining socket will eventually fill in with bone. The normal healing process results in a reduction in width and height of bone in the area. There are times when we would like to maintain as much bone as possible, and in such cases we recommend placing a bone graft at the time of extraction. The grafting material will help to minimize the amount of bone loss post-extraction, in order to make your case as predictable and beautiful as possible.