Bone grafting, often performed in tandem with surgical extractions, is a regenerative procedure, meaning that it restores bone and tissue integrity. Bone grafting is done in conjunction with visually, minimally invasive surgical procedures for regeneration of bone around roots of periodontally involved teeth. Any person with newly missing teeth experiences decreased bone support. Furthermore, overtime the quality and quantity of bone surrounding a tooth extraction site diminishes. Bone graft procedures are designed to help create necessary bone support and restore bone functionality that was lost by an extraction.
During a bone graft procedure, Dr. Singletary begins by elevating the gum tissue and cleaning out any compromised or infected areas. He then begins the bone regeneration process by packing the area with human donor bone (there are other bone graft materials available as well). The bone is usually placed at the extraction site at the time of the extraction to preserve ridge integrity as much as possible. After the bone graft procedure, we allow a period of time for healing and then evaluate potential implant placement at the extraction site. Once Dr. Singletary has successfully placed the graft to supply the requisite bone support, the patient may choose to have a dental implant placed.