No matter what state your current health is in, having a solid foundation for your teeth is extremely important.
Sometimes when a tooth is damaged by infection or trauma, the bone that surrounds the tooth is damaged as well. When this is the case, your bone must be repaired before an implant or restoration can be performed. This is where dental bone grafting comes in.
What Exactly is a Dental Bone Graft?
A dental bone graft procedure, called an allograft, is performed almost immediately after the extraction of a damaged tooth. This not only helps prevent additional bone loss in the area, but it also makes a dental implant easier and safer to complete.
When a dental bone graft procedure is performed, donated bone is used in a socket graft and requires two to four months of healing before an implant can be placed.
Bone grafts can be used for a single tooth extraction or in the instance of several teeth being missing. The amount of bone grafted is dependent upon how long the tooth has been missing or has been infected.
If you’re concerned about possible bone loss or are curious about your upcoming dental procedure, please give us a call today.