Your jawbone is stimulated by your tooth roots; much like exercise stimulates your muscles. When you have missing teeth, your jawbone is no longer stimulated by the tooth roots, and it will shrink over time. Bone grafting is a procedure used to rebuild bone in the bone deficient areas of your jaw. This allows for the placement of dental implants and for repair of the supporting bone around your teeth damaged by periodontal disease. By regenerating bone tissue, patients who previously did not qualify for the placement of dental implants due to insufficient bone, may now become possible candidates for this tooth replacement procedure.
Socket Grafting (Ridge Preservation)
A socket is the area of the bone where the tooth is rooted. When a tooth has suffered extensive damage or has been lost, the tooth socket may need to be reconstructed. Socket grafting is a procedure which rebuilds the bone to allow for tooth replacement by a dental implant or bridge restoration. The bone which surrounds the tooth socket deteriorates very quickly once a tooth is removed. If a socket continues to be empty after tooth loss, the accelerated bone loss can impact adjacent teeth. Socket grafting greatly improves the chances that the missing tooth site will allow the patient to have a dental implant. Thus, it is incredibly important for appearance and health to rebuild the socket at the time of tooth loss
Bone grafting material is placed into a clean, empty socket, which will be the building blocks for new bone regeneration in the site. There are several types of bone grafting materials available and Dr. Cherry will help you choose the appropriate type to suit your needs. Special membranes may be used to protect the bone graft and promote natural healing and bone growth – this is known as guided bone regeneration.
There is an extended healing time for the grafted material to fully combine with your natural bone. The healing process must be complete before continuing with the restoration. Once the new bone is solidified, implants or bridgework can be implemented to restore full function.