Q: I had a tooth pulled and was told that I need a bone graft before the placement of an implant. Is this necessary?
A: As Shakespeare’s lesser known dentist- third-cousin once said: “To graft or not to graft, that is the question.”
Often times the socket left behind after an extraction is too large or the bone is too thin. Sometimes a graft is necessary to create a more substantial foundation for the implant site, says periodontist, Dr. Mauricio Gutierrez.
We in the ‘tooth biz” use three types of grafts: autogenous bone= bone from your own body, xenografts=bovine (cow) bone, allografts=human cadaver bone and more and more popular, alloplast grafts=synthetic bone.
The graft material serves as a scaffold, allowing your own bone to grow from within.