Tooth Socket Graft
At Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, Dr. Brian Pitfield will handle all your dental issues. When you have a broken tooth or a tooth that has been damaged because of decay, your dentist will try to fix the tooth with a crown, filling, or other forms of dental treatment. However, when the damage is extensive and cannot be repaired, we might recommend tooth extraction. When your tooth is extracted, the bone that was holding the tooth will recede during the healing process. This can result in a loss of gum height or available space for a dental implant.
What is the Importance of a Tooth Socket Graft?
Various studies have revealed that the jawbone that supported your teeth can recede after the teeth are removed. Therefore, a socket graft (bone graft) can be performed to maintain the tissue height for esthetic reasons or for a dental implant.
During the socket graft procedure, Dr. Brian Pitfield will place bone graft material into the empty socket where your tooth was located. The graft material can be made from synthetic materials, human bone, or from animals like cows. Once the grafting material is placed into the tooth socket, it will be covered by a specialized membrane and stitches will be placed.
Do You Need A Tooth Socket Graft?
A socket graft will enhance the appearance of your gums and maintain the space needed for a dental implant. This will prevent your jawbone from receding and make the dental implant process less complicated.
Contact us today at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, at (601) 255-9929, and we will give you more information about tooth socket grafts.