Tooth Socket Graft
Tooth socket grafts are utilized to help preserve spaces remaining from tooth extraction. The gap left by a tooth extraction can be problematic to the oral health of the patient. A patient’s remaining teeth will attempt to fill in the gap which can create jaw pain from the teeth being misaligned and can in some cases result in bone resorption. In some cases, the patient’s mouth will heal correctly, and no issues will arise but when that does not happen a tooth socket graft may be needed. Contact us at Hammer Dental Associates to discuss if a tooth socket graft procedure is appropriate for your situation.
Reasons for a Tooth Socket Graft
The tissue graft is used to maintain the proper spacing while the socket properly heals. It helps to minimize any bone loss in the jawbone. The empty socket can be filled with a variety of dental techniques including bridges, implants and even dentures can be utilized to close the socket.
Ideal Uses of a Tooth Socket Graft
There are many situations in which a tooth socket graft is necessary and the preferred course of action. The more common situations are dental implants, dental bridges, denture placements, and restorative measures.
When implants are placed in the patient’s mouth, they are secured to the jawbone, requiring it to fuse with the existing tissue. It will not be successful if the jawbone has deteriorated or if there is a great deal of gum recession. By using a bone graft procedure prior to performing the dental implant, it guarantees ample gum tissue and bone structure to successfully fuse with the implant.
Placement of a Dental Bridge
Another reason to perform a tooth socket graft involves dental bridges. These are used if there is a gap between a placed crown at the jawline. By using the graft, it can greatly diminish gum recession. This is important when trying to preserve existing bone mass for supporting dental appliances like a bridge.
Another use of a tooth socket graft is to properly prepare the jawbone and gumline for denture placement. It can help to smooth out existing oral cavity structure and ensure proper denture fit for years to come. An additional benefit is the graft helps gums heal effectively to ensure denture wear.
No Restorative Procedures
In some cases, a patient's financial situation requires them to choose to not have any artificial teeth, dental implants, dentures or partials be placed in the space left by missing teeth. In this case, while the tooth socket graft is not used to prepare the site for appliance placement it does hold the space open to slow bone resorption and helps to protect the remaining teeth adjacent to the opening. When bone resorption and gum recession occur, it can expose sensitive nerves, increasing problems when eating or drinking hot and cold food and drinks.
If you have recently had teeth extracted or need to do so, please reach out to us at Hammer Dental Associates. We can perform an evaluation and determine whether a tooth socket graft is appropriate for your situation. Please, call our office at (973) 376-7718 to schedule your next visit.