Extraction & Bone Graft

Shalini Sethi, DDS

Periodontist located in the Greater Baltimore Area, North Bethesda, MD & Lorton, VA

In cases where a tooth is beyond repair, sometimes an extraction is necessary. To make this process as comfortable as possible, visit Shalini Sethi, DDS. With a practice that serves children and adults in Maryland, Dr. Sethi specializes in periodontal procedures to help support the long-term structure and health of your teeth. Click to book a consultation or call the office to get started today.

Extraction & Bone Graft Q & A

When is a tooth extraction necessary?

While your permanent teeth are naturally strong and resilient, sometimes it’s necessary to remove them. Some common reasons for an extraction are overcrowding or infection. Infection can happen due to bacteria from periodontal disease or a cracked tooth.

In some cases, it’s also necessary to do a bone graft at the time of extraction. This procedure involves implanting bone material into the existing tooth socket to help stimulate the growth of new bone. It’s often necessary before getting an implant or another type of restoration.

How does an extraction work?

Before your tooth extraction, Dr. Sethi numbs the treatment area with an anesthetic injection. That ensures you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

Depending on the location and size of the tooth, she might need to cut away some gum or bone tissue to access the base of the tooth. Using small forceps, she grasps the tooth and gently wiggles it until it comes loose from the jaw bone. If the tooth is hard to remove, she might need to break it into pieces, which she removes one at a time.

If you’re getting a bone graft procedure with the extraction, she will implant small pieces of bone material into the empty tooth socket.

A blood clot usually forms at the site of the extraction. Dr. Sethi will use gauze to stop the bleeding; she may also stitch the surrounding area to help it heal.

What can I expect after a tooth extraction?

Like any wound, a tooth extraction takes time to heal. You might experience some swelling, pain, or sensitivity for several days. Dr. Sethi may recommend a specific diet, special brushing and flossing guidelines, or other follow-up instructions.

The healing process usually takes about 1-2 weeks. As new bone and gum tissue grow into the extraction site, Dr. Sethi will monitor your oral health and recommend next steps. That may include replacing the missing tooth with an implant or denture to prevent structural problems from arising.

Although it’s not ideal to lose a permanent tooth, if more conservative treatments have failed, extraction may be your best option to prevent the spread of infection. With the wide variety of restoration procedures available, Dr. Sethi can restore a healthy, functional smile after the extraction wound has healed.

To learn more about tooth extractions and bone grafting procedures, call Dr. Sethi today or book a consultation online.