Once a tooth is removed, the bone will naturally remodel and change shape during healing. Bone grafting can help maintain the bone structure and preserve the ridge of the jaw. Bone grafting can be done at the time of a tooth extraction, or if the patient has lost a tooth many years ago, a bone grafting procedure may be planned to bulk up the bone where the tooth once was. Grafting material is biocompatible matrix that provides a scaffold for new bone to form and grow. A strong sturdy jaw bone is necessary if a patient wishes to have implants placed, and a prominent ridge is better for supporting partials and dentures.
Give our office a call to see if a bone grafting procedure is recommended part of your treatment plan!