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A 42-year-old member asked:

Are bone grafts required after tooth extraction?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Glennon
Dentistry 33 years experience
Not required...: If you want to support the gum tissue or for to support an implant in the future, then it's a good idea.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Not always: For routine extractions, especially when there is adequate bone all around the socket where the tooth was extracted, there is no reason for a bone graft. However, when there is loss of bone from periodontal disease or an infection and the area is to be replaced with a restoration, especially a dental implant, bone grafts are advisable. It may be done at the time of surgery or at a later date.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Depends: It depends on the goal. If a dental implant is planned, then yes. Sometimes, bone grafts can be performed at wisdom tooth sites and where lesions of the jaw bone were removed. Consult with your dentist.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Are bone grafts always needed after a tooth extraction?

6 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pietro Seni
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Bone graft: Although I am not a dentist I do not believe so as a matter of fact a bone graft should be necessary only on very few occasions specially when the cavity left after the extraction is too large and is a danger that the mandibule bone could fracture.
Dr. Phillip Frist
Dentistry 46 years experience
Sorry, I must disagree. We're the tooth is extracted there will be significant bone loss. If you were to wisely consider an implant you must have enough bone to place it and without grafting this probably will not be the case
Sep 8, 2012
A 47-year-old member asked:

How long does a tooth extraction and bone graft take?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. LaMont Gee
Dentistry 51 years experience
extraction: If you are asking how long it takes to do the procedure, assuming it is uncomplicated, then the answer is somewhere around an hour give or take a little. If you are asking about how long the healing takes then there are two answers. The gum tissue heals quickly, about two weeks and the bone filling in underneath takes about 3 - 4 months, sometimes longer.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Are there any risks from a synthetic bone graft after tooth extraction?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Not much: Mostly just chance of rejection of the graft but even that is not much. Talk to your provider. It is done to maintain bone structure and can be very helpful if an implant is planned.
Boca Raton, FL
A 45-year-old female asked:

How long after tooth extraction/bone graft should the pain subside?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yelena Kipervas
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Explanation : Healing take usually 1-2 weeks, if no inflammation/ complication.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Are bone grafts necessary after a tooth extraction, or only if getting an implant?

6 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 48 years experience
No and maybe yes: Bone grafts facilitate the healing of the bone tree height that allows implants replaced later time. If a bridge is to be used, the graft can make the false tooth configuration much improved. Incomplete bone healing is a serious problem in replacing extracted teeth. Bone grafts have been a valuable improvement in oral surgery, allowing options to exist. Even dentures when first placed benefit.
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