Are you losing a tooth?
If your dentist just told you that you need to have one or more of your teeth extracted, (removed), did you know it is important to ask him/her about preserving your bone?
Research has proven that following a tooth extraction the bone will collapse and shrink 25% in width and 4mm in height (on average). After that, the bone will lose 0.5% to 1% of volume per year if there is no artificial root implanted (implants).
One of the problems with bone collapse or shrinkage is the fact that it will not support the face muscle as well, and will affect and damage the bone level on the adjacent teeth. Additionally, there will not be a large enough "ridge" to support a removable prosthesis (denture) comfortably. And finally, if the patient ever wants an implant to replace the missing tooth (teeth), there may not be enough bone available to place an implant.
Bone Graft Options
When it is time to choose what kind of bone to graft, many options are available. There is artificial bone to bovine or cadaver bone. More recently, a new technique has been developed which consists of using the patient's now platelets acting as stem cells to regrow their own bone.
Unfortunately, many dentists are not practicing bone grafting when extracting teeth. After the tooth is extracted, if bone is not added it becomes much more expensive and invasive.
If you are diagnosed to have one or multiple teeth extracted, it's important to discuss bone grafting prior to your appointment. You can do research to find a dentist who knows how to do the procedure. This will help ensure your own long-term benefits.
Discover Your Treatment Options
Dr. Lemay offers a range of treatments beyond Bone Grafting to restore the health and beauty of your smile. If you would like to learn more about your treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.