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A 38-year-old male asked:

Is it true that a bone graft accelerates healing after a wisdom tooth extraction because food can't get into the socket and there is less risk of dry socket? if so, why isn't grafting more common for easier recoveries?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
I was told to wait till gums had healed to make certain bone was OK under neath. Also may not even need an implant if you can chew OK. Save some big bucks
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Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 55 years experience
What accelerates healing is suturing the extraction site. Bone grafting is used to create bone for implants. Dry socket is when no blood is present in extraction site. A bone graft is rarely done in a third molar extraction site.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Heading is accelerated when surgical sites sutured. Dry socket caused by blood clot loss leaving bone exposed, not by a collection of food debris. Bone grafts are rarely required as most 3rd molars are not replaced after extraction. Please discuss this with your General Dentist as well as your specialist Oral Surgeon.
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Last updated Mar 21, 2022

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