- Following extraction of a tooth, a large portion of the bone formerly surrounding its roots loses its blood supply and is resorbed within the first year. This can complicate replacement with a dental implant in the future. A bone graft performed in the socket the same day the tooth is extracted will help to counter this bone resorption.
- When a tooth is extracted without bone preservation techniques, there will often be a lack of bone volume for implant placement. A bone graft must then be performed either prior to implant surgery or in conjunction with implant placement.
Thin ridge prior to ridge augmentation
Increased ridge width following ridge augmentation