At 201 Dental Care, we highly recommend a socket preservation bone graft after a tooth is extracted. This is very simply because once a tooth is extracted, the healing process will cause the ridge (area where tooth is extracted) to lose nearly 25% of the bone. A bone graft will supplement your existing bone and maintain the structure of the ridge. This promotes a healthy recovery and will ensure that the area is able to support either a dental implant or bridge to replace the missing tooth.
When performing this type of bone graft in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Dr. Jessica Gorelik will thoroughly clean out the socket and insert a specially prepared human-grade bone. Then she will place a collagen plug over the bone and suture over the socket. The result is a healthy and natural recovery! In some cases, the socket preservation bone graft can be completed during the same appointment in which the tooth is extracted. To find out if this is an option for you, please speak with your dentist.
For more information about socket preservation and the other types of bone grafts we offer, we welcome you to call or visit our office today. We look forward to caring for your smile!