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What is the Difference Between Tooth Extraction and Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Simple tooth removal procedures in Auburn are often easy and are only done when the tooth is too badly damaged to be repaired. Wisdom teeth removal in Auburn involves a more complex procedure. This type of extraction requires a skilled oral surgeon like Timothy A. Hess. The tooth is removed through a surgical procedure that involves making incisions into the gums to expose the wisdom tooth and then removing it. The removal often involves breaking the tooth into smaller pieces for easier extraction. The patient is often sedated using IV sedation.
Care After Tooth Extraction
Recovery from tooth extraction can take a few days depending on the complexity of your case. Most people are able to return to their normal routine after 48 hours. However, it can take a few weeks for the jawbone to heal completely. In order to ensure a speedy recovery, you should:
- Keep the site of extraction clean by rinsing gently with antimicrobial mouthwash at least two times a day.
- Take pain medications and antibiotics as prescribed by your dentist
- Avoid engaging in strenuous activities for at least two days to prevent postoperative bleeding as well as discomfort.
Bone Grafting – The Optimal Replacement Option For A Missing Tooth
The optimal replacement option for a missing tooth has become the dental implant with an attached implant crown. The placement of an implant depends on the presence of a healthy foundation of bone in the area of the missing tooth. When a tooth is removed a healing process begins, and through this healing process, the surrounding supporting bone will eventually erode away over time. In order to preserve this bone foundation for implant placement, it is often best to perform a bone grafting procedure in the same procedure as the tooth removal. This is a relatively simple procedure where bone grafting material is placed in the tooth socket, much like “potting soil”. The dentist will often elect to place a membrane over the bone graft in order to hold it in place during the healing process. This can be thought of as a “tarp” that holds the “potting soil” in place.
Bone grafting is not always necessary; however, it can be a beneficial treatment, particularly if the patient plans to replace the tooth with an implant and implant crown in the future
The bone graft material often comes from cleansed and purified cadaver bone. The grafting material may also come from animal sources, either bovine or porcine sources. There are instances when the bone graft material comes directly from the patient, however, this requires a second surgical site and is often avoided if possible.
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