Site Preservation And Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Our goal is to preserve the natural teeth for a lifetime.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint which can lead to headaches, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your oral health.

Once a tooth is removed the jawbone will atrophy and reabsorb. This leaves a receding bone line that is not suitable for dental restoration espcially an implant. To prevent this situation, Dr. Connor may use a procedure known as site preservation or bone regeneration.

At the time the tooth is extracted Dr. Connor will place a regenerative bone material into the socket site. A membrane is then placed over the material to protect and encourage the body’s natural healing factors.

Regenerated bone and tissue helps in many ways, including:

  • The establishment of a healthy foundation for future dental work
  • The reduction of pocket depth
  • The repair of damage caused by periodontal disease
  • The elimination of existing harmful bacteria
  • Repair and regenerate the lost support structure caused by the disease process.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom Teeth are actually the third molars, and are usually the last four of 32 teeth to erupt (surface) in the mouth, generally making their appearance between the ages of 17 to 25. The term wisdom stems from the idea

In some cases, inadequate space in the mouth does not allow the wisdom teeth to erupt properly and become fully functional. When this happens, the tooth can become impacted (stuck) in an undesirable or potentially harmful position. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth, periodontal disease and possibly cysts or tumors.

Not all wisdom teeth require removal. Wisdom teeth extractions are most often performed because of an active problem such as pain, swelling, decay or infection, or as a preventative measure to avoid serious problems in the future. If impaction of one or more wisdom teeth is present, and left untreated, a number of potentially harmful outcomes can occur, including:

  • Damage to nearby teeth: Second molars (the teeth directly in front of the wisdom teeth) can be adversely affected by impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in tooth decay (cavities), periodontal disease (gum disease) and possible bone loss.
  • Disease: Although uncommon, cysts and tumors can occur in the areas surrounding impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Infection: Bacteria and food can become trapped under the gum tissue, resulting in an infection. The infection can cause considerable pain and danger.
  • Tooth Crowding: Some studies indicated that impacted wisdom teeth can put pressure on other teeth and cause them to become misaligned (crowded or twisted).