We do our best to save all of your natural teeth, but there are cases in which tooth extraction is necessary. Gross caries, severe fractures or periodontal disease can deem a tooth hopeless. When a tooth is extracted, it is recommended to receive a bone graft. This helps to preserve the bone in preparation for a dental implant.
What will happen if I don’t get a bone graft when my tooth comes out?
When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes loss of alveolar bone volume. During the first year after tooth loss there is a 25% decrease in the width of bone. In addition, we expect to lose 4 millimeters of alveolar bone height over the next few years.
Without grafting at the time of extraction, the ensuing bone loss creates difficulties placing an implant in the future. Bone grafting at the time of extraction is also highly recommended when placing anterior bridges. Grafting these areas helps to preserve the aesthetics of the gums and allow us to best enhance your smile.