A way to prevent or correct bone loss
When a tooth is lost or extracted, the supporting jawbone is no longer stimulated by biting and chewing forces, signaling to the body it’s not needed anymore. Over time, the bone is resorbed. Severe gum disease, called periodontitis, can also lead to bone loss.
A bone graft encourages new bone to form, strengthening and stabilizing the jaw and making getting a dental implant possible. Bone grafting can be performed immediately after an extraction to prevent bone loss or down the road to rebuild bone that has already deteriorated.