Careful management after tooth extraction prevents unsightly bone loss and provides a better cosmetic outcome for tooth replacement.
After a tooth is extracted, the surrounding bone will shrink 30-50% during the first 3 months. When this shrinkage occurs, it becomes difficult to place a dental implantinto the correct position for long-term stability and esthetic appearance. Therefore, careful grafting of extraction sockets after a tooth is removed is necessary in order to prevent this shrinkage. Bone graft placement as soon as a tooth is removed is crucial to prevent bone collapse and sets the stage for optimal implant positioning.