When you lose a tooth, the surrounding bone is at risk for deterioration. Along with the accompanying danger to your oral health, loss of jawbone makes it more difficult to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant. Preserving your bone is essential for your oral health and wellness. Fortunately, there is a viable solution’ bone grafting . A bone graft is a procedure that involves placing healthy bone tissue to replace missing bone and facilitate new tissue growth. One of the most common bone graft procedures that your San Diego dentist may perform is a socket graft.
What is a socket graft? When a tooth is removed from your mouth, it leaves behind not only a gap in your smile, but a hole’or socket’in your jawbone. Once the tooth is gone, the surrounding bone is in danger of quick resorption unless the tooth is replaced right away. One way to prevent this is to place a bone graft in the socket area.
Why is a socket graft necessary? In many cases, a dentist may not be able to place a dental implant immediately after removing a tooth. A foundation of adequate bone is absolutely necessary in order for the dental implant to be successful. For instance, the proper size of implant may not be available the same day as the procedure. (remove entirely-we always have every size available and do not want to seem unprepared) If this is the case, it may be days or even weeks replace with ‘weeks or even months’ until the tooth can be replaced. Your may wish to have your general dentist make a temporary replacement tooth while you wait for the bone graft to heal if you are worried aobut how you look. Having a graft placed will protect the integrity of your jawbone and allow you to have an implant placed properly.
What happens during the graft procedure? After removing the tooth from your jawbone, your dentist will carefully clean the socket. Then, he or she will fill the area with the graft material. Finally, the area will be covered by a membrane and held in place with sutures. The sutures will naturally dissolve in one to two weeks. After receiving the graft, you will need to be reevaluated by your dentist after a certain period of time’usually 3-4 months’has passed before you can complete the implant procedure by having your new implant placed.