Tooth Socket Graft
Premature tooth loss, regardless of the cause, begins a series of events within your oral cavity. The consequences of this tooth loss can not only affect adjacent teeth but can also make it more difficult to receive many forms of restoration in the future. These consequences are easily avoided through the use of a tooth socket graft. If you have lost a tooth due to decay or trauma, then it is important that you come to see our team at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry for a tooth socket graft.
This simple procedure protects your adjacent teeth from the increased risk of decay associated with tooth loss. It also protects your jawbone from losing density and keeps it healthy enough for future restoration. A tooth socket graft is a quick and painless procedure that involves the placement of bone-like material in the void left by a missing tooth.
Approximately 25% of the bone underneath a lost tooth is resorbed within 12 months after tooth loss. This number increases to over 40% at approximately 36 months after tooth loss. The material placed during a socket graft procedure will fuse with your natural bone and prevent this bone loss.
When Is a Tooth Socket Graft Needed?
A tooth socket graft is needed anytime a secondary tooth is lost or removed and is not immediately being replaced by a restoration such as a dental implant. Our team always recommends that this procedure be completed at the same time that a tooth is extracted for the best outcome. However, this procedure can also be used if you have lost a tooth in an accident or due to decay. The graft protects your jawbone until you are ready for a more permanent restoration.
If you have lost your tooth due to trauma or decay, promptly receiving a socket graft is vital to prevent bone loss. It also serves to prevent gum recession. Gum recession can also occur when a tooth is lost. Receding gums make your adjacent teeth more susceptible to gum disease and loss.
What Happens Next?
A tooth socket graft is intended to keep your jawbone and gums healthy until you are ready for a more permanent restoration, such as a single-tooth implant. However, the material used for the graft will fuse with your existing bone over time and will remain healthy as long as you exercise proper oral hygiene and dental care. Many patients opt for a bone socket graft at the time of extraction because they are not ready for a more substantial restorative procedure.
If you have experienced tooth loss or are in need of tooth extraction due to decay and discomfort, then it is vital that you receive a socket graft to protect your oral health. These grafts can also prevent you from needing a more involved procedure such as a bone and soft tissue graft later in your life. If you think that you may be a candidate for an extraction and tooth socket graft, our team at Brea Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry can provide you with more information about this highly-effective preservation graft. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (657) 341-0808 today.