What to Expect After a Tooth Extraction and Bone Graft
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Do you have an upcoming tooth extraction procedure? Bone grafting is a technique that frequently accompanies oral surgery, especially if you’re planning to have a dental implant or sinus lift surgery.
Why would you need a bone graft? If you’ve had a tooth extraction, the socket (where the root sets into the jaw) remains hollow. This weakened area can compromise the integrity of the teeth next to it. Not only that, but the space left behind won’t be strong enough to support an implant in that location.
Adding bone to that area strengthens your jaw, gives a stable foundation for implants, and protects the placement of your adjacent teeth.
Types of Bone Grafts
There are various types of bone grafts that we provide, depending on the form of oral surgery and your unique anatomy.
One of the most common is a powdered osseous material that we place directly into your socket at the time of the extraction. In other cases, bone can be moved from another part of your body to your jaw. In addition, donor osseous tissues are FDA grade, sterile products that are safe for patients of all ages.
If extra steps are needed aside from your tooth extraction, Dr. Hayes will let you know. Bone grafts are usually placed at the same time as your scheduled procedure.
Recovery After Bone Graft Surgery
It takes some time for a bone graft to integrate with your jaw and encourage new bone growth. Depending on other treatment you need, we may choose to leave the surgical site alone for a few months for the graft to “take.” In other situations, Dr. Hayes may place the bone graft at the same time as an implant.
Bone grafting is handled on a unique, case-by-case basis. For more information, schedule a consultation at Coal Creek Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center in Lafayette, CO.
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