When patients are facing extraction of teeth due to dental decay, trauma, periodontal disease, or pathology, the doctor may often want to discuss socket augmentation. What does it mean and why would a patient consider doing it. In a recent article in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, surgeons describe that the bone loss after dental extraction can result in 3 to 4 mm of horizontal bone loss and 1 to 1.5 mm of vertical height loss in a period of 6 months (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 72: 496-502, 2014). This loss can be very significant if the ridge is only 10 mm wide. If a patient is considering a dental implant or even a dental bridge, the doctor will often want to preserve the natural ridge width to allow placement of dental implants or have esthetic anatomy for the final restoration.
When choosing materials for dental bone grafting of an extraction site (i.e. socket augmentation), the surgeon must choose a material that forms bone and has little resorption after placement. Dr. John Freeman has been preforming this type of procedure in private practice for almost 14 years. He continues to serve the West Houston communities of Memorial, Katy, Cypress, SugarLand, Rosenberg, Richmond, and Sealy. Call us today to schedule your consultation to discuss what dental bone grafting or dental implant options you may have.