Treating Extraction Sites
After a tooth extraction, there are dramatic and rapid changes to the tooth socket (bone) anatomy. A patient may have up to 50% reduction in the width of his/her bone after a tooth is taking out. In order to minimize this collapse of the bone, we may suggest that the socket be filled with a bone graft and/or isolated with a membrane to allow for ideal healing of the bone without the gums growing into the area. This is particularly important if the tooth extracted is going to be replaced with an implant, bridge, or partial denture.
Depending on the situation, socket bone grafting can be done with several different bone graft materials and resorbable (dissolving) or non-resorbable membranes.