Do I need to get a bone graft after having my back molar removed?
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A bone preservation graft after tooth removal should be considered standard of care. Bone atrophy accelerates when this is not done. Although back teeth atrophy at a higher rate than front teeth, it is still considered the right course to take.
Bone volume collapses after tooth removal
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Yes , the bone graft was the right option
Now days every time when we do extraction , if we think that we would like to replace the tooth with the dental implant, we do what it called socket graft/bone graft, hopefully to get the best possible foundation for future dental implant. Now remember, after 3-4 months healing period, your dentist will do a CT scan/3 D xray to see how much jaw bone and thickness/height of the bone you have for a dental implant. on this particular tooth on upper left #15,there is anatomical landmark there maxillary sinus associated with its roots where the roots used to be, additional procedure like sinus graft or sinus lift, or additional bone graft might be needed to be done so they don't violate your sinus with the dental implant, but your dental surgeon will tell you after reviewing a CT scan.hope this help and good luck!!
Bone graft, extraction
It is unfortunate that you lost a tooth. However, it really depends upon how much bone was left after the roots were removed.
Typically, if the roots were removed gently and there was bone before and the tooth was removed due to Tooth decay, there is no need for a bone graft. However, in that location, the bone is not abundant and a graft is sometimes necessary. You should really ask the dentist to show you the X-ray or the CT scan and explain to you why a graft was needed. Unfortunately without any further information this is all that can be assess at this point.Best of luck,
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