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Bone Grafting with Dental Implants

Dental Implants: Grafting Bone for Greater Strength

Bone grafting is a procedure to increase the amount of bone that is available for implant placement. It can be done at different times during treatment.

Bone Grafting with Tooth Extraction

When a tooth is removed, sometimes there is an inadequate amount of bone where the tooth use to be (the tooth socket). A socket bone graft can be done to correct this problem. A socket bone graft or socket preservation graft is a type of bone graft that is done in the extraction socket of a tooth. After a tooth is removed, the socket will not always maintain its shape, but can shrink and collapse. A socket graft provides more bone than what you would otherwise have after the socket heals for about 4 months. It prevents the shrinking of bone as the area heals and maintains the height and width of bone in the area where the tooth use to be.