Bone Grafting and Socket Preservation
Dental implant placement requires that the jawbone be as close to its original dimension and position as possible for optimal results. An implant requires a specific height and width from the bone for its support and integration; otherwise the implant surgery may fail.
One of most effective way of restoring and maintaining the bone after the tooth extraction is to do dental bone grafting and socket preservation procedure. In this procedure, dentist fills the socket with a special bone grafting material which will be covered with a special membrane and then gum is closed using sutures.
You will then have to wait 3 to 6 months, while the graft creates enough new, strong bone to make sure that the implant will be stable and secure. It is possible that you may also need a second graft at the time of the implant surgery. A successful bone graft allows your jaw bone to be strong enough to support your dental implant. Once the bone graft is complete, the rest of the implant surgery can proceed.