The Importance of Bone Graft in Solving Missing Teeth
Sometimes, when there is a lot of advanced tooth decay, tooth extraction is inevitable . Although you may begin to worry about the aches ans pains of having visible missing teeth, the good news is that the immediate solution to this problem is My Dental Wig™. You don't have to worry about the embarrassment or frustration caused by missing teeth for long. Be sure to discuss the importance of bone grafting for a dental implant and for My Dental Wig™ with your dentist before having the tooth extracted.
Timing is Everything
When your dentist performs a tooth extraction, you're going to be left with a hole surrounded by the thin shell that remains of the alveolar bone. Since this bone only serves to support your tooth, it will quickly go away in the aftermath of an extraction, unless you slow down bone loss with a ridge preservation graft, also known as a bone graft, right after the extraction. In fact, when a tooth is extracted, mother nature removes the bone that used to surround it and the majority of bone loss occurs within the first six months, then continues at a slower pace for years.
Bone graft should be done in the same visit and performed immediately after a tooth is pulled. This is crucial if you are planning on getting a Dental Wig ™ or a dental implant. It's also less painful and less expensive when done right away instead of later on.
How it Can Help
As a painless and affordable dental procedure (when done right after the extraction,) bone grafting helps making the gum thick enough to create ideal suction that helps full dentures and partial metal claps-free removable dentures like My Dental Wig™ remain stable and comfortable on the jaw. If you skip the bone graft procedure, you may find that dental implants have a harder time staying in place, on top of being very expensive. Without the bone grafting, the gum becomes thinner in the area where the tooth was pulled. If you plan on getting a Dental Wig or a dental implant, the bone graft procedure is a smart choice. It helps reduce the shrinking of the gums by replacing the natural bone.
By Lydie Livolsi, Founder & CEO of Dental Wig & Dental Wear, has over 25 years of experience in the dental industry, including Dental Practice Management. She is a Missing Teeth Expert.