There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. Many times it is due to a cavity (caries) that has made it impossible to fix with a filing or crown. In other cases it is due to gum disease (periodontal disease) that has caused enough bone loss around your tooth that it is no longer healthy to keep. Another reason may be due to a crack in the tooth.
In most cases you would be in a lot of pain! If your tooth is fractured and it is not removed it is possible that bone loss around the tooth may happen which makes it difficult to replace. If you don’t have a tooth taken out that has gum disease (that can no longer be treated), your body has to constantly try to fight an infection which makes it unhealthy for you.
When a tooth is removed there is always a small amount of bone that dissolves away in the process. In order to preserve the bone in the area where your tooth is removed, a bone graft is performed at the same time your tooth is removed. In many cases this eliminates the need for additional bone grafting after the tooth is removed. This ensures the ability to replace your tooth with a dental implant.
Dr. Blasingame has advanced specialty training in bone grafting procedures and tooth extraction.