Tooth Extraction in Mission Viejo | oral surgery, wisdom teeth extractions, oral surgeon, wisdom tooth surgery, tooth removal, surgical extractions | tooth decay, tooth infections, impacted teeth, wisdom teeth, extra teeth, fractured teeth

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Michael K. Clark, DDS


USC Graduate

Oral, Maxillofacial, and Dental Implant Surgeon


Tooth Extraction

When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing. If that happens extensive  an perhaps costly bone grafting may be needed to rebuild the jaw back to it's original shape. Further, if nothing is done with the site it can cause your teeth to shift and create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew.

If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw bone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be placed before the teeth shift and before the bone degenerates.  Either way, preservation of the bony form at the time of extraction, may prove helpful in making implant placment or a bridge more predictable and cost effective.

Please talk to us about what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. We will be able to make a recommendation and layout a treatment plan.

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