Dental Bone Grafts for Socket Preservation
Dentists recommend dental bone grafts during or after teeth extraction. This preserves the socket for a future dental implant as well as prevents an unsightly collapse of adjacent teeth. Without a tooth to support, the existing bone can melt away or resorb causing the surrounding teeth to shift and form gaps. Aesthetics aside, bone resorption can also result in functional issues and the loss of surrounding gum tissue. A graft not only supports new bone growth but also helps preserve the existing bone and overlying soft tissue following tooth removal.
Advantages of Bone Grafts
According to the American Association of Dental Consultants, bone grafting of extraction sockets has multiple benefits. These include:
- Improved appearance of teeth and a better smile
- Preservation of remaining alveolar bone for reconstruction
- Decrease in healing time with less post-operative complications
- Promotes earlier reconstruction of the sockets by dental implant
Bone grafts may be done from a section of bone taken from another area in your body or material with similar structure to a human bone. Advances in dental technology and synthetic bone graft materials have reduced surgical time and post-operative pain as well as healing time.
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At our dental clinic, we provide you with detailed information about recommended treatments to help you make informed decisions about your oral health. Schedule a dental checkup to discuss the pros and cons of bone grafts. Once we have determined your suitability, you can look forward to a beautiful and healthy smile.