Beyond Dental and Implant Center
Tooth Socket Graft
Tooth Socket Graft
Tooth Socket Graft at Beyond Dental and Implant Center Dentistry in Texas
Dallas Fort Worth
When faced with tooth damage, the ideal solution is to restore it. Common treatments for damaged teeth include fillings and crowns. However, if the affected tooth is severely damaged to the point where it is beyond repair, the best solution is to extract it and then replace it. One of the most popular solutions for replacing missing teeth is dental implants. At Beyond Dental and Implant Center, we can help to preserve the integrity of your jawbone following a tooth extraction, making it easier to place a dental implant, with a tooth socket graft.
How Do I Know if I Need an Extraction?
Your teeth are an integral component of your mouth and have many important jobs. They provide you with a gorgeous smile. They help you to eat all of your favorite foods. They aid in proper speech. The teeth also play an important role in maintaining the strength of your jawbone. When your teeth are damaged, the ideal solution is to save them, enabling them to stay in your jaw so they can continue to perform their many essential functions. While saving damaged teeth is possible in many situations, there are some situations in which they cannot be restored. In these cases, extraction and replacement is the best possible solution. Reasons for a tooth extraction include
- Cracks in your teeth that are below the gum line.
- Advanced stages of gum disease, when the teeth are no longer properly supported by your periodontal ligaments and jawbone.
- Significant tooth decay.
- Infections of the tooth that cannot be solved with a root canal.
- You have previously undergone a root canal treatment, but it has failed, and retreatment is not possible. Alternatively, you have undergone root canal retreatment, but the treatment continues to fail.
What Happens to the Jawbone After an Extraction?
One of the roles of your teeth is to provide stimulation for your jawbone. Every time you chew, the teeth stimulate the bone. Stimulation tells your body that nutrients are required. Following tooth extraction, your jawbone loses the stimulation from the extracted tooth. This results in less stimulation. The body thinks fewer nutrients are needed, so it sends fewer. Over time, the bone begins to weaken and lose mass. The bone starts to change shape, which causes healthy teeth to begin to shift out of alignment. This alters your bite, which can then cause several serious issues.
Dental implants are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth. This treatment uses a titanium post to support a replacement tooth. The post is surgically placed into your jawbone. To be successful, the post requires that your jawbone fuse to it. This process, called osseointegration, stabilizes the post in your jaw so that it can properly support your new tooth. The post then becomes a replacement root that restores stimulation to your jawbone, stopping and preventing bone loss in your jaw. However, without sufficient bone mass, your jawbone cannot fuse properly.
Tooth Socket Grafting
If your jawbone does not have enough bone mass before the implantation of the titanium post, your bone cannot properly fuse. This can lead to implant failure. A tooth socket graft is a surgical procedure that is performed immediately following your tooth extraction. The process involves taking bone graft material, either from your own body or a donor, and transplanting it into the empty socket. The goal of the procedure is to fill in the empty space, preventing your bone from collapsing in. This also aids in preventing the adjacent teeth from shifting out of alignment. We are then able to place a dental implant after you have healed from the graft, without the need for a larger graft later on.
Benefits of a Tooth Socket Graft
A tooth socket graft provides many benefits. These include:
- Filling in the empty socket to preserve the integrity of your jawbone.
- Preserving more of your natural bone mass.
- Avoiding the need for a larger, more invasive bone graft later.
- Easier placement of a dental implant following your tooth extraction.
A tooth socket graft allows us to help preserve the integrity of your jawbone, making it easier to place a dental implant following tooth extraction. Call Beyond Dental and Implant Center to learn more and find out if a tooth socket graft is right for you.