Extraction of Third Molars (Wisdom Teeth)
Occasionally the dentist, to facilitate extraction, removes bone from the backside of the molar that is immediately next to the wisdom tooth that is being extracted. This can result in a pocket that later on in life becomes infected and creates the potential for tooth loss. Periodontists call this a third molar extraction defect.
Dr. Kaiser believes it best to address this problem at the time of extraction. Many times it is possible to remove the third molar by techniques that spare the bone on the neighboring tooth. However, if the bone must be removed, or was lost before the extraction, the various periodontal regenerative procedures described on this site can be used with much greater success than they enjoy later on when attempted on to fix a longstanding periodontal pocket.