While we strive at Halifax Periodontics & Implants to save your teeth if at all possible, extraction may be needed if it is determined that the tooth cannot be saved, due to active infection and/or excessive bone loss in the area. The tooth is removed gently while attempting to preserve as much bone as possible. Once the tooth is removed, the site is prepared, by thorough cleaning. In some cases a bone graft will be placed into the cleaned socket. Sometimes a soft tissue graft is also placed. Sutures are then added, along with a dressing. If the tooth is at the front of the mouth, a provisional partial may be recommended. This will be determined at the time of your initial examination.