Post Dental Extraction Problems: What Happens When a Tooth is Extracted?

by Doctor Bone on August 28, 2009

  1. What Happens When a Tooth is Extracted?
  2. What is Socket Preservation?
  3. Conventional Graft Materials
  4. Alvelac™ – Why and how it works
  5. Alvelac™ – A Product Overview
  6. Research & Development
  7. Find Alvelac™ Here


All of the following problems can arise after Tooth Extraction

  • Bone loss at the area where tooth is extracted, a decrease in bone height of up to 1.5mm within 3 months
  • Adjacent teeth may move into empty spaces disrupting alignment of teeth and their function
  • Biting force may exert pressure on remaining teeth causing them to loosen
  • Multiple loss of teeth result in the shrinkage of upper and lower jaw. This leads to the “collapse” of support for facial structures such as lips and cheeks, causing effects of pre-mature aging
Bone Loss Following Tooth Extraction

Bone Loss Following Tooth Extraction

More technically, the jaw bone surrounding the teeth, called “alveolar bone” supports the teeth. After an extraction, the alveolar bone naturally begins to erode away since it is no longer needed it to support the tooth that has been removed.

Bone height loss can be up to 1.5 mm in 3 months and decrease in the width of alveolar ridge can be as much as 50% within 12 months. Even with complete healing, there is generally some erosion or resorption that can lead to shorter and thinner surround bone than compared to prior extraction. This can lead to significant cosmetic or functional problems including gum tissue defect.

The only solution to this is to preserve the socket after extraction, which is discussed next.

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