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dds: what are the likely causes of a molar extraction leading to the collapse or breaking of the buccal wall?

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Dr. Bruce Elkind
Dentistry 39 years experience
Buccal wall breakage: Chances are the buccal wall was very thin to begin with, and traumatic elevation buccal- lingually was the result for breakage.
Dr. Alexander Leyte Vidal
Dentistry 25 years experience
Infection: A long term infection can fester causing a gradual weakening and destruction of the walls of the socket. During a traumatic or even sometimes a traumatic extractions this wall cannot be saved.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Also consider-: I'm in agreement with my colleagues who already gave you some excellent answers. What's important is to address this issue early on. Consider a bone graft in order to maintain sufficient bone mass which will be important if the tooth is replaced with a dental implant (best option). Even if you have a permanent or removable bridge made, it's important to maintain bone. Consult with periodontist.

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