Dr. Musto

Practice Limited to Periodontics and Dental Implants

920 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 203, Forty Fort, PA 18704


Ridge Preservation

Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or shrinks. This can lead to unnatural looking indentations in your gums and jaw. Careful management of extraction sockets after tooth extraction prevents unsightly bone loss and provides a better cosmetic outcome for tooth replacement. Bone grafting, at the time of or following tooth loss, can preserve the socket/ridge and minimize gum and bone collapse.

A dental implant crown or a fixed bridge supported by natural teeth can be provided in a more aesthetic manner. Allograft donor material is used for bone grafting procedures. The bone is obtained from a tissue bank and is prepared from human cadavers. It is used to assist the patients own bone to grow into the site needing repair. This grafting material has extensive testing and is effective, predictable, and very safe.

Without bone grafting, the original look of your mouth may not be able to be recaptured due to spaces under and between replacement teeth. They may appear too long, compared to nearby teeth, or have black spaces where gum tissue is in health.

Also, jawbone shrinkage often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, many patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants.

Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.