Why Bone Loss Happens
Bone loss at the site of a missing tooth is common, especially if the tooth has been missing for a long time. Bone is living material, and will essentially be resorbed back into the body if it is not stimulated. This causes the gum line to take on a sunken, misshapen look. It also makes it impossible for doctors to perform dental implant surgery without some kind of intervention such as a tooth implant bone graft
How Can I Protect My Bone and Gum Tissue after an Extraction and Before Dental Implants?
If you require a tooth extraction and are not ready to get dental implant surgery, you can opt for choices such as ridge augmentation or ridge preservation. These techniques help keep your gum line looking as natural as possible through surgically creating a ridge that appears in line with the rest of your teeth.
Ridge augmentation and ridge preservation can also prove useful if you are getting a bridge and want the underlying gum and bone tissue to look great, stay healthy and remain natural.