Is bone grafting necessary for everyone?
Whether you need bone grafting or not depends on your bone levels. When you lose a tooth, your bone may begin to recede because teeth act like anchors in your bone. When nothing is there to anchor onto, your bone may thin, deteriorate, and make your adjacent teeth unstable.
When you lose a tooth, it is important to address it right away. In fact, if you can make a plan for tooth replacement prior to your extraction, that is ideal. If not, talking to Drs. Smith and Domingue immediately is your next best option.
For an extraction you had years ago, you may need more extensive treatment to restore your bite and replace your missing tooth simply because teeth tend to shift once you have an extraction.
After a full evaluation in our Lafayette dental office, we can explain your options and whether you will need bone grafting in order to have dental implants. Dental implants anchor into your jawbone, much like your natural teeth, and having enough bone is essential for their success.
Not every patient who has an extraction requires bone grafting; we utilize digital imaging and other technology to determine the level and density of your natural bone. Our number one goal is to provide you with reliable, long-lasting dentistry.