Extraction and Bone Grafts

Why are bone grafts done?

The most common reason for a dental bone graft is to prevent bone loss after a tooth is removed. These are called “socket preservation” since the bone-graft material is inserted into the empty socket left by the extracted tooth.

Generally, after a tooth is removed, the bone shrinks for 3-6 months after the removal. Presence of a tooth actually provides a stimulus for the bone to stay intact and once gone, the bone shrinks drastically both vertically and horizontally. Shrunken bone does not provide good support for an implant or a denture. To provide quality of life by replacing missing teeth with either an implant, bridge or denture, sound bone is required. This is why a bone graft is necessary. Generally, we use human bone for the graft.

Will I feel any pain during the procedure?

No. Since you are numb, you will not feel any pain. After the procedure, post operative instructions will be given which will keep you comfortable.

For more questions on same day extractions, bone grafts and other surgical procedures, call our office at 908-282-3366 or book an appointment here.

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