Tooth Socket Grafting
St. Louis Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery – MO
Normally, within months after a tooth extraction, the jawbone associated with the missing tooth atrophies or is resorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants.
Grafting at the same time as extraction
In order to prevent this bone loss and maintain adequate bone volume for implant placement, the socket can be grafted at the same time that the tooth is extracted. This procedure is relatively simple and is performed by placing particulate bone into the socket. After adequate healing, an implant can often be placed without any additional grafting.