WHAT IS BONE REGENERATION AND BONE GRAFTING?
In the past teeth were often removed without placing graft into the site to preserve the shape of the jaw. Once the tooth is missing, the body no longer needs to maintain in the width of the jaw which previously accommodated the tooth. The jaw bone shrinks in width and the gum tissue follows. This can lead to a deficient jaw bone which is too narrow or short to accommodate an implant. But now it is possible to preserve the shape of the jawbone at the time of tooth removal and regenerate bone previously, lost from prior extractions through Bone Regeneration. Socket preservation is the procedure in which bone grafting is performed at tooth removal. This procedure can result in preservation ad augmentation of the bone which surrounds the tooth. Best performed with the use of a surgical microscope and micro surgical techniques. The tooth socket is then grated with a combination of different bone graft materials, each with specific properties, to maximize the amount of bone regeneration. The bone graft is then covered with a type of collagen barrier to contain the graft and separate if from the gum tissue. Socket preservation usually takes about 1.5-2hrs to complete.