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Bellevue Dentist | WA |

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12360 NE 8th St. Suite 250

        Bellevue 98005

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425.453.2222

Extraction Site Preservation
 

When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove another tooth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This can 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 molded and placed before the teeth shift.  We can often use localized orthodontics to use infected teeth before they are removed to augment the bone prior to extraction to get them ready for an implant.  Bone grafting is a technique we use often to preserve the site for the future. 


Your dentist is always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. They will be able to make a recommendation and layout a treatment plan. Make sure to schedule follow up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.

 
 
 
Dr. Mike Hsieh and Dr. Stanford Chen strive to provide the best possible care with Dental Implants, Cosmetics, Veneers, Orthodontics (Braces, Invisalign), Oral Surgery, Endodontics (Root Canals), Periodontics (gums), Oral Sedation dentistry and Affordable Dental Care in Bellevue and Millcreek.