Dental bone grafting is a very good thing that helps make all kinds of other beautiful dental-related procedures possible. Bone grafting plays an important role in making new teeth possible. In the case of a missing tooth or several missing teeth, bone that was once used to support those teeth start to resorb. This bone erosion over time can cause a dip or divet in the jaw. In turn, placing a dental implant or bridge in the area to replace the missing teeth will not be as functionally sound or pleasing to the eye. After an extraction, Dr. Boyter will preserve the bone at the extraction site by using a simple bone grafting technique. Demineralized, sterile human bone granules are filled into the tooth socket immediately. The granules are covered with a protective membrane and sutures are used to close the tooth socket. Over the next several weeks, natural bone will fill the tooth socket and preserve the bone height long enough to have the area restored with either an implant or bridge. The art and science of dentistry has brought us these highly specialized and effective procedures in order to restore what was lost, and makes it possible to have a beautiful smile again.