When you need to have a tooth or teeth extracted – whether is be due to decay, abscess, gum disease, or injury – it is in your best interest to do so in a manner which preserves as much of your underlying jawbone as possible. This can really only be accomplished by a dual-degree Oral Surgeon in Chicago, who comfortably and expertly removes teeth all the time, versus a general dentist, who only occasionally dabbles with tooth extractions between fillings and crowns.
From the time the teeth are removed, significant degeneration of the surrounding bone begins to take place. A patient has many options to prevent this degeneration of bone with this experienced Chicago Oral Surgeon, and it is very important that patients consider them BEFORE teeth are removed. This doctor is an Illinois board certified Chicago Oral Surgeon who specializes in tooth removal, jawbone preservation, bone grafting, and dental implant placement.
What Happens When A Tooth is Extracted?
There is a special type of bone surrounding your teeth. This bone is called alveolar “ridge” bone, and exists solely to support your teeth. As soon as a tooth is removed, this bone begins to degenerate and melt away. This occurs in two dimensions. The first is loss of horizontal width caused by the collapse of the bone surrounding the removed tooth making the remaining ridge narrower than before the extraction. The second is a loss of vertical height , which makes the remaining bone shorter and more shallow. This process, called bone resorption, is accelerated in areas where you wear a partial denture or complete denture. But strategically filling in the empty socket with a bone graft at the same time of the tooth extraction, by this Chicago Oral Surgeon, is the least invasive and most simple way to perform ridge preservation.
Although the bone created by this Chicago Oral Surgeon with tooth socket grafting supports and preserves the ridge, it will not do so indefinitely. Having this Chicago Oral Surgeon place dental implants two to twelve months after a tooth extraction and ridge preservation bone grafting will provide the best long-lasting support for preserving your jawbone and allow you to function as before. Otherwise the graft may resorb over time because of lack of stimulation – the body knows “if you don’t use it you will lose it.”
So it is in your best interest to consult with Dr. Steven Koos D.D.S., M.D., an experienced dual-degree Chicago Oral Surgeon, to better understand all important information that you need to know before a tooth extraction.