What is Bone Preservation?
Bone preservation, also known as ridge preservation, is done after a tooth has been extracted. Once a tooth is extracted, the underlying bone has nothing to support and will essentially dissolve and create a crater in the area where the tooth was located. This can be detrimental for patients who want to eventually have a dental implant placed, since there will not be enough adequate bone in the area where the implant is needed. Bone preservation involves placing a small piece of either donor or synthetic bone into the socket to keep it healthy and full.
Why is Bone Preservation needed?
The main reason for needing bone preservation is because you’re going to be having one or more extractions performed in the office. By placing bone in the underlying socket, it helps to keep the area full and prevents it from caving in. This can be beneficial for patients who will eventually have dental implants placed, since there is more than enough bone material in the area where it is needed. The procedure prevents the need for a bone grafting later on.
Who is a candidate for Bone Preservation?
In order to determine if bone preservation is necessary, we will conduct an examination and take x-rays. If you are going to be having one or more extractions performed and want to eventually have an implant placed, we will recommend this particular procedure. Most patients who need bone preservation can and should consider having it done. You will benefit from a healthier and younger-looking smile as a result.
What happens during Bone Preservation?
The first step is to remove the tooth that is scheduled to be extracted. Once this is done, we will place either synthetic or donor bone material in the socket underneath. We will discuss bone material options with you to determine the best option for you. We will then suture the gums closed and allow the area to heal naturally. You can then come in at any time after the healing process so that we can place the implant. Bone preservation is relatively permanent, unless you suffer from some other type of condition that can cause bone loss.
If you think you might benefit from bone preservation, call our office today and we will be more than happy to further assist you.