Bone Grafting After Tooth Extraction

When a tooth is extracted an empty socket remains. In order to preserve the bone, reduce bleeding and expedite healing, a bone graft is placed at the time of surgery into the empty socket. It has been shown that after extractions if bone grafting is not performed 40 to 60 percent of bone may be lost. Socket grafting also called ridge preservation aids in delaying facial aging lines from around lips and provides a squared off wide ridge for implants. This maintaining of bone, opens a variety of restorative options as well as less bulky partials and dentures and allows traditional bridgework to look more natural.