Why Is Bone Grafting Necessary After a Tooth Extraction?
With bone grafting, the dentist takes a synthetic material and places it in the empty socket where the extraction took place. The material acts as a scaffold where the bone and graft fuse forming bone, filling up the empty socket and stabilizing the teeth on either side of it. This highly successful procedure aids in preservation of the bone from the receding jaw and stabilizes the adjacent teeth. If an implant is desired, the bone graft allows for enough bone to support the implant. When the patient desires a three unit bridge, the supporting teeth are now stabilized. When the dentist performs advanced extraction therapy, such as placing the synthetic bone material into the socket; the height and width of the ridge is preserved. This allows a three unit bridge to be placed by having a fake crown (pontic) placed where the newly formed bone is and then having a crown on each side.
Bone grafting is by far one of the most successful procedures which allows the dentist to have better flexibility in creating a beautiful, full smile.