Losing a tooth can have long term effects on oral health. As teeth are lost, surrounding teeth can begin to move and shift. Replacing missing teeth is important to maintain balance and for confidence in your smile. When a tooth is lost, the bone that surrounded that tooth will begin to recede and thin making restoration difficult and non-esthetic. A bone graft gently augments the ridge for implant placement or to maintain esthetics for a bridge. Ideally, grafts can be placed at the same time as extraction.
Graphic depicting thinning of the ridge, graft placement and broadening of the ridge and implant placement.