What is Bone Grafting?

Bone grafting is when a sterile bone matrix material (Allograft usually from bovine) is placed into a place where a tooth was removed. A membrane is placed over top of the allograft, like a band-aid, and sutures are used the close the area.

Why Should I Need a Bone Graft?

  • If a tooth is extracted and a future implant is planned
  • To fill in any depressions in the jaw where a tooth was once removed
  • If a sinus lift procedure is necessary
  • If you are a denture wearer

How do I Know if I Need a Bone Graft?

A bone graft or bone augmentation is a procedure done after a tooth or multiple teeth are extracted. Also called socket preservation, it is when an extraction is done and a future dental implant is planned.

Did you know studies have shown that 1 year after a tooth is extracted 25% of your bone height is lost? And after 3 years bone loss can be up to 60% of your original bone height! Well that problem can be solved with bone grafting.

What to Expect for a Bone Grafting Procedure

  1. A typical procedure at Sardina Dental takes about an hour and can all be done in our office!
  2. Once the tooth or teeth are removed, the socket is filled with grafting material (looks like powder) to preserve bone height and width.
  3. Simple and painless, the area is then covered with a membrane to hold everything in place.
  4. A few sutures are placed. This is all done in 1 visit to our office.
  5. We will have you back in a week to remove the sutures, the area then needs to heal for 6 months. During that time Dr. Tom can make you a temporary tooth, so you don’t have to go without one.

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