Bone grafting

There are several ways of performing a bone graft.

First, bone resorption can be prevented by packing the tooth socket with powdered bone graft material (called a socket graft, or ridge preservation) at the time of tooth removal (extraction).

Bone grafting can also re-establish the height (by a limited amount) and width of alveolar bone that has already been lost following removal of a tooth.

Depending on the rate of resorption, the remaining bone may be insufficient to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant

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