Tooth Socket Graft
After your tooth has been extracted or is lost, the alveolar bone, which holds the tooth sockets that support your teeth, undergoes resorption. In fact, about 50% or 6 to 7 mm of your alveolar bone is diminished after tooth loss. Over 65% of this change can happen in just three months after tooth extraction. In addition, infection and pre-existing bone defects may also result in bone loss.
At Serenity Dental, we perform tooth socket graft, also known as socket preservation or alveolar ridge preservation, which is a procedure that can help maintain the contours of the alveolar ridge and the density of the bone.
Tooth Socket Grafting in Dentistry
A tooth socket graft is a type of bone graft. During the surgery, Dr. Welton will extract a diseased or damaged tooth and will fill its empty socket with a grafting material that can fuse with the solid bone.
The best time for a socket bone graft to be placed is immediately after tooth extraction.
Avoiding bone loss after loss of teeth comes with many benefits, including maintaining the natural structure of your face as well as better outcomes with restorative treatments like dental implants.
Tooth Socket Grafting Materials
A tooth socket graft is basically a bone transplant procedure where you use a bone from one place to use it in your tooth socket. The four most common types of biocompatible bone grafting material are:
Once we have identified the source of bone that will best suit your needs, we will take accurate dimensions of the height and width of your alveolar ridge and socket. We will then proceed with the grafting procedure.
What Happens During a Tooth Socket Graft Procedure?
When the alveolar socket is reabsorbed by the body, a gap forms in the bone, which can shift your remaining teeth out of alignment.
During a tooth socket graft procedure, we will make a small incision in the gums to expose your bone. We will then place a small amount of bone into your tooth socket. Once the sufficient material is placed, we will cover it with a collagen material, which will promote the development of the bone.
Then, we will stitch the surgical site closed.
In a few months, the bone grafting material will fuse with your natural bone and maintain your jawbone density.
Is Tooth Socket Graft Necessary After Extraction?
Although this surgery is not strictly necessary, tooth socket graft can provide positive outcomes for the health of your mouth as well as make it easy for you to replace your natural teeth.
A tooth socket graft is a minimally invasive procedure that carries only low risks but high benefits. If you are interested in this procedure, call us today at (509) 209-8537 to schedule an appointment with us.