In a healthy mouth, the roots of teeth are supported by bone. If a tooth is unhealthy or the tooth itself is missing, the bone can shrink away. In the event that an implant is needed to restore a missing tooth, bone grafting may be needed to improve the amount of bone present.
There are two general ways in which bone grafting can be utilized: socket preservation and ridge augmentation. The main difference between these types of grafts is that socket preservation involves grafting a site immediately after a tooth has been removed, while ridge augmentation involves grafting a site months, years, or decades after the tooth has been removed. In general, socket preservation is more predictable because the extraction site provides a better framework for the graft to turn into native bone. For this reason, Dr. Bousaba will likely recommend to have socket preservation completed if a tooth needs to be removed and there is any consideration for an implant in the future.
Where Does the Bone Graft Come From?
Bone graft particulate is most often obtained from sterilized and processed cadaver bone. In certain situations, bone can also be harvested from the same patient receiving the graft. After the graft is placed, your own bone will grow into the site and your body will break down the particles placed in the area.
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