Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Nashua and Bedford, NH
The pressure applied to healthy teeth with normal speaking and chewing provides stimulation to the upper and lower jaw to maintain bone. Due to removal of this stimulus, the loss of a tooth often results in significant surrounding bone loss and deterioration – up to 50% in one year without intervention! When it comes to extractions and implant placement, preservation of your existing bone is always a priority. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained in how to maintain the surrounding bone after tooth extractions, and in how to regenerate bone in patients who have already suffered significant bone loss.
We achieve bone maintenance though the process of bone grafting or “socket preservation” at the time of extractions. This involves placing a small amount of bone material from your own body or a donor source within the extraction site to maintain bone volume after the native tooth is removed. This if often all that is necessary to stabilize the bone in order to place a future implant.
Bone grafting can also be used to regenerate sufficient bone for implant placement in patients who have already suffered significant bone loss. Onlay grafting and ridge augmentation are two procedures that use slightly more bone material than the “socket preservation” procedure described above to build sufficient volume to create a strong foundation for implants to be placed.