The removal of teeth is sometimes necessary following decay, infection, disease, bone loss, or trauma. When this occurs, the supportive structure of the socket is lost. Deformity to the jaw bone after tooth extraction can lead to ongoing problems like gum shrinkage and recession and progressive bone loss.
The defects following extraction can make restoration complicated. Without remediation, restorative solutions like dental implants, bridges, and dentures can be compromised. The good news is that the complications can be prevented with extraction socket grafting. Following the removal of a tooth, extraction socket grafting can greatly improve the long-term success of restorations, while improving the appearance of your smile. If you’re planning to have dental implants, tooth extraction with bone graft is often necessary.
There are several techniques available that can minimize bone loss while preserving the healthy bone in the jaw after extraction. The most common scenario would involve filling the extraction socket with organic bone particulate or a synthetic substitute. Tooth extraction with bone graft stimulates the body’s natural processes to develop new healthy bone and heal the socket. In the procedure, the site will be covered with a resorbable collagen membrane.
The most compelling reason to pursue extraction socket grafting is to prepare the extraction site for dental implant placement. There are several steps to this process that can be confusing for patients. If you would like to better understand this process check out our page: Timeline – From Extraction to Dental Implant.
Tooth extraction with bone graft provides key advantages:
- The socket heals successfully.
- The procedure eliminates shrinkage and gum recession.
- The newly developed bone can support permanent dental implants.
If you need a surgical tooth extraction, preservation with extraction socket grafting is often necessary. This procedure is most necessary for the front teeth where the jaw bone is much thinner.
Your surgeon and Peninsula Oral and Facial Surgery have the expertise and empathy to perform tooth extraction and bone graft to provide predictable results while keeping you completely comfortable. Book your consultation with one of our surgeons today.
The Tooth Extraction and Bone Graft Healing Process
The procedure for extraction socket grafting is comfortable and pain-free, and postoperative discomfort is easily managed with over-the-counter medication. The tooth extraction and bone graft healing process is an important stage. The total duration of the healing process depends on the type of tooth extraction with bone graft that was performed but is typically between 3 and 5 months.
During the tooth extraction and bone graft healing process, your body will generate new bone, creating a stable foundation for a restoration like a dental implant.
The duration of the tooth extraction and bone graft healing process depends on factors like your age, your physical health, and any preexisting conditions that you might have. During your consultation, your surgeon will inform you of the expected time of recovery for the tooth extraction and bone graft healing process.
If you have concerns during the tooth extraction and bone graft healing process, our team will be available for information over the phone or with an in-office consultation. With detailed treatment planning, the tooth extraction and bone graft healing process is smooth and stress-free for our patients.
Dental Hygiene and Home Care During the Tooth Extraction Healing Process
Oral hygiene is important during the tooth extraction healing process. Avoid brushing in the 24 hours following your procedure. This will allow the tooth extraction healing process to begin. You should avoid disturbing the graft.
You should generally try and chew soft foods away from the grafted sites for 2 weeks to allow for a normal tooth extraction healing process.
Your surgeon may prescribe a specific mouthwash to use during recovery, otherwise, a warm water and salt gargle can be used to help remove debris and bacteria during the tooth extraction healing process. Use a soft brush for your teeth after the tooth extraction healing process.
Specific postoperative care instructions will be provided for your case, ensuring that the tooth extraction healing process is free of complications.
Grafting Materials Used for Extraction Socket Grafting
There is a range of materials used for extraction socket grafting. The right material depends on the unique case.
- Autograft materials include bone harvested from a donor site on your body. This can be processed chairside to form a grafting particulate and can be combined with other materials.
- Allograft materials are laboratory-processed from human donor tissue.
- Xenograft materials are laboratory-processed from animal donor tissue.
- Synthetic materials are also available and can simulate the above materials.
At Peninsula Oral and Facial Surgery, we will choose the ideal material for extraction socket grafting, based on the size of the grafting site and your unique physiological needs.
Tooth Extraction With Bone Graft Results in Successful Restoration
The key purpose of a tooth extraction with bone graft is to preserve your jaw while allowing a stable platform for restoration. A tooth extraction with bone graft will provide the best platform for dental implants.
The best outcomes start with a detailed consultation and effective treatment planning. You can have your tooth extraction with bone graft performed at Peninsula Oral and Facial Surgery. Book your appointment for extraction socket grafting today.