Preserving Your Jaw Bone after Extraction
In years past, the empty bony socket that remained following an extraction was allowed to fill with a blood clot to aid in the healing of the site. Unfortunately, this process often causes a reduction in the available bone that could later be used for dental implants.
Today, with the use of Ridge Preservation procedures, it is possible to maintain or even regain the available bone that can be used for future dental implant placement or prosthetic (denture) fabrication. Ridge preservation procedures are performed at the same time as dental extractions. Bone grafts are placed into the empty sockets immediately following extraction of any teeth. This allows healing to progress without the loss of any bone width and height that would normally be associated with a typical dental extraction. Following a 3-6 month healing period, the sites are then ready for dental implant placement.