There are times when we will recommend that a tooth is extracted. That is the fancy word for removing a tooth. Sometimes the extraction will be because of decay, or it could be that there is something else wrong with the tooth. After tooth extraction, there will be a space in the tooth socket where the root of the tooth used to be. If you have a tooth extracted, we here at Dr. Hilton Israelson might recommend a tooth socket graft. Here is what you will want to know before a tooth socket graft.
Basic Information About a Tooth Socket Graft
When a tooth is extracted, you will start to lose bone in your jaw. A tooth socket graft can help to keep that from happening. After an extraction, there will be a hole in the jaw where the tooth used to be. Dry socket is a common condition after an extraction. That is when the blood clot on the top of the socket gets loose, and the nerve is exposed. It is painful. A dry socket graft can prevent dry socket and other issues.
With a tooth socket graft, we will fill the socket before it has had a chance to heal. We will take a small amount of bone, grind it into small pieces, and then place the pieces into the socket. The pieces of bone will eventually fuse with your bone, and it will become a permanent part of your jaw.
If we need to extract one or more teeth and plan to replace them with a dental implant, we might suggest a tooth socket graft. This is because you need to have enough bone in your jaw for the implant to take. You will start to lose bone when you lose a tooth, and so it is important to make sure that you will have enough bone for when we go ahead with the implant.
Even if you are not going to receive an implant eventually, we still might recommend a tooth socket graft. This is because you do not want to have a hole in your jaw. If you are missing a tooth, no