You can reduce the need for more extensive bone grafting procedures by preventing bone loss before it ever happens. Very quickly after a tooth extraction, the bone in the alveolar ridge (which supports the roots of your teeth) deteriorates due to a lack of bite stimulation. To help prevent this reabsorption of bone, Dr. Wilson can immediately follow a tooth extraction with a ridge preservation procedure to keep this important bone structure intact. By inserting bone-grafting material into the socket after the extraction procedure, the integrity of your supporting structures can be preserved, preventing changes in your appearance and leaving an optimal foundation for future dental prostheses like dental bridges, dentures, or implants.
If you need a tooth extraction, ridge preservation can protect your future oral health by preventing hazardous changes in your smile before they ever occur. Patients who have preserved their structure in this way end up with more successful and more aesthetically pleasing restorations.