A socket preservation graft is a type of bone graft used in Dentistry. This type of graft is used to fill an extraction socket with material that can heal into solid bone. A socket preservation bone graft must be placed at the time of tooth removal for best results. Avoiding post-extraction bone loss has many benefits with the main one being better results with replacement solutions like dental implant and dental bridges.
No. But it does help treatment outcomes in a big way. A socket preservation bone graft mainly improves the outcome of restorative solutions like dental implants and bridges. However, it can also have advantages for patients proceeding with dentures. It can also have benefits for patients who choose not to replace their lost tooth. Here is a summary:
The cost of a socket preservation graft varies based on the amount of graft material used, however, you should plan to spend $250-$350 on the procedure. However, it is possible to place a bone graft later instead of at the time of tooth extraction. Importantly, placement of graft material into a socket ensures the graft has a blood supply and nutrition from surrounding walls on all sides. If the graft is completed after socket healing, there is no socket available for plantation of the graft. Instead, the graft material is placed next to the healed jawbone (on the side facing the cheek). This requires a new surgical procedure and re-opening of the gums. In this procedure, call a "guided tissue regeneration", the graft has to heal with blood supply and nutrition coming only from one of its sides.
The result is less predictable, the procedure three times more costly, and you have to endure a second surgical procedure. This underscores the convenience and importance of having a socket preservation completed at your extraction appointment.
Tooth extraction in conjunction with restorative services doesn't have to be complicated. At Enamel Republic we are pleased to offer many advanced services at one convenient location.
If you would like to discuss tooth extraction and pre-prosthetic grafting, please give us a call at (519) 576-8160 or request an appointment here. Dr. Hornby provides advanced surgical services including grafting in conjunction with tooth replacement services.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Dentist in Kitchener-Waterloo or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a dental condition or treatment.