Bone Preservation After Extraction
- Posted on: Nov 30 2015
Many people need to have a tooth extracted, whether it has so much decay that it can’t be saved , whether it’s from a sports injury, or a variety of other reasons. The extraction is usually pretty straightforward and easy for the patient.
The problems come when the extracted tooth is not replaced, preferably with a dental implant. Why? Because when a tooth has been removed, the supporting bone underneath that tooth immediately begins to atrophy. The reason for this degeneration of the bone is simple force. When you chew and bite, a tremendous amount of force is transferred downward through your teeth into your jawbone. This energy keeps the jawbone healthy, regenerating new bone mass.
Dr. Miller counteracts this deterioration with a bone preservation graft.
New and old extractions
To ensure an adequate amount of bone mass for the future placement of an implant after a tooth extraction, Dr. Miller believes in placing a bone preservation graft immediately after extraction. If the patient has had a missing tooth for a while, Dr. Miller also uses bone regeneration grafting to re-grow bone that has been lost.
How is bone grafting done?
In a bone grafting procedure, Dr. Miller first makes a small incision in the gum, pulling it away from the bone. He then places the regenerative bone grafting material, along with platelet-rich protein to stimulate growth and promote healing. From there your body takes over, forming healthy new bone that will support a dental implant.
If you have questions about tooth extraction or bone regeneration, call Dr. Miller at 503-640-9310.
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