A bone graft is a procedure in which we place material into an extraction socket after a tooth has been extracted in order to help the socket heal faster and prepare the area for a possible dental implant. There are a number of types of bone graft materials available including the patient’s own bone (autologous), bone from a donor (allograft), bone from an animal (xenograft), or alloplastic material (natural sources or synthetic).
Once you’ve had a tooth extracted, your body will naturally fill in the socket and heal the gum around it. However, the body will not restore the same amount of bone as you had when the tooth was present. Thus, a bone graft is used to help the body along with healing, and to provide material and scaffolding for possible future implant placement. If you elect to have a bone graft, we will usually place the graft at the same time as the extraction, so this way you don’t have to come back for a second procedure. And having a bone graft won’t cause any additional post-extraction discomfort.
After a bone graft is placed, it usually takes around three-months to be ready to have an implant placed. We will usually check the graft before placing an implant; please note that in patients who are diabetic or immunocompromised, it may take longer for a bone graft to be ready to receive a dental implant.Get in Touch!
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