Extraction Socket Grafting
Tooth extraction is usually followed by bone loss in that area. To prevent this from occurring, at the time of extraction, bone is grafted into the tooth socket and covered with a temporary membrane to stop the gum from growing into the socket.
Approximately 12 weeks later an implant can be placed into that socket space. Even if patients opt to delay having implants placed, it is recommended to bone graft at the time of extraction to limit the natural bone loss process.