Bone Ridge After Extraction

Last week I had a tooth extraction done. I have had this sharp edge of bone that is bothering my tongue. It has even begun to affect my chewing and talking. So I made an appointment and my dentist ground it down a bit. It’s manageable but I was wondering if this is normal? Will it go away or feel back to normal any time soon?

– Paul in South Carolina

Paul,

What you have described as far as the sharp edges apparent after a tooth extraction are quite common. As time passes and your body heals, it will smooth out. It may take a few weeks for this to happen.

Many dentist will hesitate to remove additional bond after a tooth extraction. This is because they want to keep as much bone in place as possible. The more bone that remains the better, because if your are missing a tooth and don’t replace it the bone will resorb. This could cause other problems down the road.

So the best option to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. It is a permanent solution that looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

A dental bridge may be an option to. Click here to learn more about the pros and cons of selecting a tooth implant vs bridge.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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