If you have had a tooth extracted, or if you have recently lost a tooth, you may need bony socket grafting. When a tooth is removed, the bone that supported it and held it in place begins to deteriorate almost immediately. If this process is not halted, or if the tooth is not replaced in a timely manner, it can result in serious bone loss. This often results in a sunken appearance in the jawbone, and it may make it difficult or even impossible to place a dental implant in the future. To prevent this, our dentist provides bony socket grafting.
First, the tooth is removed. This may be the best available option if a tooth is severely decayed or infected, or if you suffer from advanced periodontal disease. After extracting the tooth, we thoroughly clean the tooth socket, which is the place where the tooth was held in the jawbone. The socket is then filled with a grafting material; there are several types of grafting material available, and Dr. Sami Y. Nouhad will help you select the one that is right for your needs. The grafting material then sets and begins to integrate with your natural bone tissues. This keeps the bone strong and prevents it from deteriorating, allowing us to place a dental implant or other type of restoration. If you think you may need a bone graft in Los Angeles, California, we invite you to call or visit our office soon.