Tooth Socket Bone Preservation (Ridge Preservation )
If you are referred to our office for a tooth extraction, your dentist is anticipating that, in the future, you may get a dental implant. In most situations, we recommend a bone graft at the time of extraction in order to preserve the bone height and width. This is done to build a solid foundation in order to prepare the site for a future dental implant.
After your tooth is carefully removed, bone graft particles are placed into the extraction site and may be covered with a resorbable and/or nonresorbable material called a membrane to hold it in place during the healing period. This bone graft material substance is called freeze-dried bone allograft (FDBA). FDBA is obtained from a donor and every vial must pass rigorous testing and the strictest guidelines of the American Association of Tissue Banks to verify that every graft is free of disease before being allowed to be used on any patient. After four to six months of healing, your natural bone has begun to replace the grafted bone and the site has improved quality and quantity of bone for dental implant placement.