Bone Preservation & Bone Grafts Supporting Dental Implants
Washington DC & Bethesda – Chevy Chase
Tooth Extractions and Bone Grafting (Ridge Preservation)
Any time a tooth is extracted, the surrounding bone will shrink as it is no longer needed to support the tooth. This makes it difficult to replace the missing teeth and may damage the adjacent teeth. When multiple teeth are lost, this can lead to a shrunken facial profile. This can make an individual look much older than he or she is. With today’s technology, the bone can be rebuilt at the time of tooth extraction, which will preserve the vital structures.
Careful management of extraction sockets with bone grafts after tooth extraction prevents unsightly bone loss and provides a better cosmetic outcome for tooth replacement. Even if dental implants will not be placed after extraction of teeth, it is important to preserve the bone to help support dental bridges and preserve function and esthetics.
In severe cases, the ridge has resorbed and the jaw ridge is too thin to receive dental implants. To correct this condition, a bone graft is placed to increase ridge height and/or width. In this procedure, the bony ridge of the jaw is literally expanded via the bone graft. After several months, the site is evaluated for bone quality and suitability for dental implant placement.