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Socket bone grafting

When a tooth is removed, the natural tendency is for that remaining portion of the supporting jawbone to "shrink" and "wither away" with time.  Called "bone resorption", this process occurs because the empty bone where the tooth was is not stimulated to remain and so shrinks away from disuse.  This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants.  In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.  

With today’s technology, however, we now have the ability to "grow" bone and to "keep" bone where needed.  This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of optimum length and width for strength and longevity, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and esthetic appearance.