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Keep Your Options Open with Stitches and Bone Grafts

When tooth pain sufferers are in the grips of excruciating agony, they rarely give thought to little more than ending that pain. The vast majority of preparatory office visits involve examinations, X-rays, if needed, and anesthesia considerations prior to any extraction. After the extraction, healing can be highly impacted by decisions made regarding the recovery process. Specifically, you need to know what happens after the throbbing tooth stops throbbing, and how to manage your oral healthcare to prevent any further loss of teeth.

Unfortunately, most patients typically make these decisions based on financial concerns rather than on what is best for their teeth. The truth is, spending more money on proper after-surgical care, following an extraction, is money well spent and a sure fire way to guarantee that you remain smiling in the ling run.

The Physical Effects of Tooth Extraction

After extracting a damaged tooth, the process leaves a series of jagged holes along the jaw line. As a natural part of the healing process, owing to bone loss related to the extraction, the gums shrink and collapse. This phenomena forms a smooth and homogeneous surface. The level of smoothness, thickness and homogeneity depends on how the gums were treated following the extraction procedure. To ensure an ideal outcome, you should ask your doctor to stitch each opening. You should also start a discussion about bone grafts.


A Stitch Done at the Right Time Will Help You Save...

To ensure that the gum healing process results in a neat, clean, and homogeneous surface, consider paying extra for a surgical closing of the holes (the procedure places a few stitches, depending on the size of the holes) to make sure that the closing process happens properly. While it might cost more initially, patients save money on follow-up treatments and reduced numbers of office visits. Additionally, you can ask for biodegradable thread, meaning that your stitches will dissolve naturally and you won't have to go back to the doctor to have them removed.


Bone Grafts are Good for Filling in the Holes

An important element which can ensure that your jaw is suitable for later dental work is bone graft. You can talk to your dentist about having a bone graft work done. As mentioned, the gums begin to shrink and collapse almost immediately following an extraction. Bone grafts reduce that collapse in a process known as "ridge preservation." Ridge preservation allows the jaw to accommodate a future dental implant procedure, if contemplated down the line, but there are other advantages as well.

Should you decide to avoid the cost of dental implants, then your natural gum's ridge contour, combined with your natural saliva, make for great suction base to hold a Dental Wig, a very cost-effective alternative compared to dental implants. 

Preserve Your Gums and Preserve Your Dental Options

By taking that extra step to arrange for stitches and bone grafts following a tooth extraction, you are preparing your mouth for future dental work that will cost less.

While a later dental implant is always a possibility, a dental implant does not always make sense following an extraction. It makes no sense to strengthen your gum line if you are only going to compromise the gum with an implant. 

My Dental Wig can return your glamour smile to its full splendor.

Lydie Livolsi, Founder & CEO of Dental Wig & Dental Wear, has over 25 years of experience in the dental industry, including Dental Practice Management. She is a Missing Teeth Expert.

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