This patient broke off his upper right first bicuspid tooth to the gum line. I extracted the root and placed a bone graft to preserve the alveolar ridge. Following healing we will place an implant, or I might make a fixed bridge for the missing tooth space. He is using a flipper partial denture now during the healing phase so he can smile and have a tooth.
Following the removal of a tooth, there is a large hole left in the extraction site. The area resorbs and collapses. In order to preserve the extraction socket, dentists place a bone graft. This is very important especially when an implant will be placed. In these photos I demonstrate the placement of a bone graft and collagen membrane following a surgical extraction.