Tooth Extraction and Socket Graft

Pasadena Texas Bone Grafting.

The jawbone is designed to hold teeth. When a tooth is lost there is rapid bone loss around the area of the missing tooth. This bone loss is rapid and is very difficult to get back the lost bone volume. This lost bone volume makes future dental implant placement very difficult.

When a tooth is extracted there is a hole (socket). Artificial bone is packed into the socket to preserve the bone volume. The artificial bone is slowly replaced with natural bone.


 Why is it important to replace a missing tooth?

The teeth are designed to work together. When a tooth is lost 1) Teeth shift and tilt 2) Increased chewing forces are placed on the remaining teeth 3) Decreased Self-Esteem due to poor cosmetics 4) Unfortunate Stereotypes of uneducated poor social status.

Socket Graft / Ridge Preservation

When a tooth is lost it is vital to replace the missing tooth. If the replacement is not at the time of extraction then a bone graft procedure must be done to preserve the ridge of jawbone. It is quite simple, the bone graft fills a hole in your skull. It is not good to have extra holes in your skull.

Bone loss after Tooth Extraction



After a tooth extraction, an immediate bone graft is applied to the open socket. The tissues are altered to keep the substance within. Approximately 8 to 12  weeks pass throughout the grafting procedure and healing. When the exposed area is ready for the implant, the patient returns to our Pasadena Dental office for a 3D x-ray and digital implant planning.  so the doctor can take an X-ray.

Who Makes an Ideal Candidate for Bone Grafting?

Anyone who is losing bone in their jaw or is at risk of losing bone should consider getting a dental bone graft. When a tooth is pulled, the area of bone where the tooth’s root formerly was is left empty. Your jaw will eventually mend to some extent if you don’t address the gap, but your jawbone will rapidly decrease. Additionally, the space between your teeth may start to shift the teeth next to them. After an extraction, a bone graft can restore volume to the lost bone.

If you suffer bone loss in your jaw due to gum disease, a bone graft can potentially be a possibility for you. Your jawbone can become eroded by untreated gum disease, which can result in tooth and bone loss. Although it first affects your gums, gum disease has the potential to spread to the bone supporting your teeth.

About Dr. Michael Nugent:

He is a General Dentist that is located at 3421 Burke Rd, Ste A,  Pasadena, Texas 77504. He maintains a full time private practice office that focuses on Family, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry. The practice has been serving Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, League City and Houston for over 40 years. Dr. Nugent is only the second owner of the practice. Our office prides itself in the long term relationships we have fostered over the years. If you are looking a a quality long term dental home we encourage you to call out office at 713-941-8261

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