In dentistry, tooth extraction is a common procedure, particularly with wisdom teeth. More than ten million teeth are removed in America every year. However, the removal of teeth has a high incident rate of infection at the extraction site. Bacteria, food particles, or other foreign substances can easily get stuck in a healing extraction socket. When this occurs, there is a high likelihood that the gum tissues will close over the top, thereby trapping the material in the extraction site. This is referred to as a “cavitation lesion.”
Cavitation lesions are known to house numerous types of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Scientists estimate that as many at 75% of wisdom teeth extraction sites develop this type of chronic infection. At Blodgett Dental Care, we practice the best technique to prevent cavitation lesions. We use laser and ozone therapies to fill the extraction site with “L-PRF” (Leukocyte and Platelet-Rich Fibrin) which is a concentration of your own blood’s immune cells and clotting factors. The extraction site will then regenerate new healthy bone and gum tissue within approximately 3 months; much faster than traditional grafting methods.