Teeth Extractions and Bone Grafting

At Smiles of Memorial, our goal is to preserve your natural teeth and keep them healthy for as long as possible. There are times, however, when it is in your best interest (or your child's) to have a tooth extracted (removed). This could be the case for a variety of reasons:
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Trauma
  • Disease
  • Orthodontic Treatment
  • Impacted Wisdom Tooth
  • Baby Teeth
Whatever the reason you need a tooth extraction; it is a very routine procedure. And, a tooth extraction is nothing to be feared when done by an experienced hand. Dr. Dernick’s main goal is to try to save the tooth. When you come in for an exam, Dr. Dernick will let you know the best way to move forward with treatment.

What can I expect when I get a tooth extracted?

The first step in any extraction is getting an exam and x-ray to assess the position of the tooth roots and the condition of the surrounding bone. This will allow any possible complications to be anticipated. You will be given a local anesthesia, which will numb the area around the tooth that is getting extracted. You can even opt for additional sedatives such as, oral sedatives (taken in pill form), nitrous oxide (which is inhaled) and/or conscious sedation (which is given through an IV). The latter is usually required for more complicated (or multiple) tooth extractions. Your tooth will then be removed and the procedure will be complete.

Bone Grafting

What is bone grafting? Bone grafting is a procedure that helps build up new bone in the area of your jaw that used to hold teeth. A small incision is made in your gum to expose the bone beneath it, and then grafting material is added. The grafting material will eventually be absorbed by your body and replaced by your own new bone.

When you lose a tooth or had a tooth extracted and didn’t replace it, your jawbone can start to deteriorate. Before any other procedure (such as Dental Implants) can start, you have to have enough bone to hold the implant. Dr. Dernick and his team offer exceptional bone grafting procedures in Houston, Texas.

Whether you are coming in for a tooth extraction or getting ready for dental implants, Smiles of Memorial is your best option. Reserve Your Appointment Today!