When removing a tooth, it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove another tooth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jawbone will degenerate and change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew. It can also limit your ability to place an implant in the future, thus limiting your post extraction restorative options.
If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy and wide jawbone is necessary to install the implant. To prevent bone loss after extractions preserving a proper amount, shape and consistency, a bone grafting procedure involving a donor bone grafting material mixed with your own platelet rich plasma/platelet rich fibrin proteins and growth factors is necessary. Even if you opt for a conventional dental bridge, the gap under the missing tooth pontic must be filled with a graft prior to bridge placement.
Your dentist is always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. They will be able to make a recommendation and layout a treatment plan. Make sure to schedule follow up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.