At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, we know that many of our patients are dealing with the emotional turmoil of the dental issues that they’re facing. Unfortunately, the reality for many people is that more surgery or tooth extractions are required before true healing can begin. Tooth extractions and bone or tissue grafts can be intimidating. Our specialists are at the top of their fields and take on even the most complex cases.

Is a tooth extraction necessary?

We understand your hesitation when it comes to having more teeth removed before you can get implants placed. The only definitive way to know whether an extraction is right for you is to have a comprehensive examination performed by one of our specialists in periodontics and implant surgery.

Before recommending a tooth extraction, we will make any and all possible attempts to save your natural teeth. If the infected tissue can be removed and the remaining natural structure is sound, we will do this first. However, there are times when it is necessary to remove more teeth. If this is the case for you, you can be guaranteed exceptional, compassionate care that prioritizes your wellbeing as a whole person.

What to expect during your tooth extraction

Once your dentist at PermaDent Dental Implant Center determines that tooth extraction is the only option, you can expect:

  • Imaging: X-ray or Cone beam CT scan to determine the position of the roots and condition of the supporting bone.
  • Anesthesia: Typically carried out under local anesthesia. For more complicated cases, IV sedation may be used.
  • Extraction: The tooth is carefully removed from the socket paying special attention to the condition of the surrounding bone.
  • Ridge Preservation: Your dental implant surgeon may use bone grafting material and a biologic collagen membrane after a tooth extraction to help preserve the shape of your jawbone.

Before you commit to your treatment plan, your specialist will clearly explain the steps of your tooth extraction so that you know exactly what to expect. We are dedicated to making sure you have the information you need to feel confident and empowered in the choices you’re making for your oral health.

What does a tooth extraction have to do with a bone graft?

At PermaDent Dental Implant Center, we never just treat the issue at hand. Every treatment that we perform is carefully considered so as to preserve your long-term oral health. As such, we often perform bone grafts at the same time as tooth extractions. Extractions leave a small hole in your jawbone that can interfere with later implant placement. Whether or not you intend on having implants placed, your dental implant surgeon will perform a bone graft to preserve the ridge of your jawbone.

What to expect after a tooth extraction?


Following your extraction, you can expect some minor discomfort; however, NSAIDs should be enough to find relief from the pain and swelling. We always advise that patients stick to softer foods and avoid chewing near the extraction site. Additionally, in some cases, your periodontist may prescribe antibiotics. On the whole, your life will get back to normal within the week.

Before your extraction, your dental implant surgeon will clearly explain what you can expect during and after your procedure. Once your extraction is complete, you will receive personalized care instructions. If you have any questions or concerns about your healing process, don’t hesitate to call the office at (310) 325-9969.