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Bone Grafting


Bone grafting or socket preservation is often recommended by Dr. Tyler when a non-restorable tooth needs removed (dental extraction). Especially if a dental implant is being considered for tooth replacement.

Why do I need bone grafting?

Most dental bone grafting procedures are done to restore your bone to its previous form following tooth loss, gum disease, or trauma. Bone, in an area where teeth have been lost, naturally shrinks or resorbs over time, both in height and width. The risk of bone loss can be reduced by replacing lost teeth quickly, before significant bone loss occurs. If you’re not ready for dental implants at the time your teeth are removed, Dr. Tyler recommends a ridge preservation (socket preservation) procedure to maintain the bone structure in that area until your implants can be placed

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During the bone grafting procedure, Dr. Tyler will provide profound local anesthesia to maintain your comfort. Depending on the type or complexity of the bone grafting procedure or your level of anxiety about the procedure, you may be referred to an oral surgeon or a periodontist, who are specialists in bone grafting and can provide you with options for deeper sedation.

If a tooth requires extraction, that will be completed first. When the tooth is already missing, a small opening is made in the area where the bone is needed. The grafting material is gently placed within the grafting site (extraction socket), alongside the existing bone, and stabilized with a protective covering (collagen plug or membrane). The area is sutured. The stitches will either dissolve on their own or be removed by your dentist in 7 to 10 days. It takes approximately 3 to 6 months for complete healing.

Where does grafted

bone come from?

Grafting material comes from several places. Autograft is bone taken from another part of your body and transplanted to the desired site. Autograft carries your own cells and carries no risk of disease transmission. However, it requires a second surgical site and there may not be enough available bone for the procedure.

Allograft is bone donated by a tissue donor that is tested and processed to ensure safety and sterility. Allograft bone does not require a second surgery site and is readily available. Allograft bone is well documented in clinical studies and has an excellent safety record.

Remember, this hard tissue treatment for bone replacement allows a foundation to be rebuilt for your smile with the use of dental implants.
For any further questions about bone grafting please do not hesitate to ask us.

Bone Grafting


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