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How to Prevent Bone Loss After Tooth Extraction

Following the removal of a permanent tooth—or multiple permanent teeth—bone loss is a serious issue that can occur as a result of the jawbone no longer receiving stimulation from the extracted tooth or teeth. If ignored, this issue can manifest into additional concerns, including the shifting and/or loss of other teeth, gum tissue reduction, and even aesthetic facial changes.  

So how can you prevent bone loss after tooth extraction? For the majority of individuals, the best solution is implant dentistry. 

Since dental implants are secured into the jawbone, they mimic natural tooth roots by providing the support and stimulation necessary to prevent bone deterioration and promote optimal oral health. Of course, they also provide an exceptional foundation for natural-looking and -functioning tooth restorations—be it a porcelain crown to replace a single tooth, a dental bridge to replace multiple adjacent teeth, or a full implant denture to replace an entire row of teeth.

Along with the placement of dental implants, it is important to note that maintaining good oral hygiene and refraining from the use of all tobacco products is also imperative to preventing bone loss following tooth extraction. Additionally, bone deterioration can begin quickly after tooth loss, so seeking treatment as soon as possible post-extraction—or, better yet, already having a tooth replacement plan in place prior to extraction—is highly recommended.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in dental implants after tooth removal, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Colin Morton, our skilled cosmetic dentist.

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