Bone grafting is a procedure to increase the amount of bone that is available for implant placement. It can be done at different times during treatment.
When a tooth is removed, sometimes there is an inadequate amount of bone where the tooth use to be (the tooth socket). A socket bone graft can be done to correct this problem. A socket bone graft or socket preservation graft is a type of bone graft that is done in the extraction socket of a tooth. After a tooth is removed, the socket will not always maintain its shape, but can shrink and collapse. A socket graft provides more bone than what you would otherwise have after the socket heals for about 4 months. It prevents the shrinking of bone as the area heals and maintains the height and width of bone in the area where the tooth use to be.
Bruce B. Wiland, DDS, MSD is board certified in the specialty of periodontics which includes the placement of dental implants. Other services include laser periodontal therapy, esthetic tissue contouring and nonsurgical treatment.
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