What can be done with leftover bone?
From a practical standpoint, when patients are having full-arch extractions, we quote the patient for 3 or 4 key sites per arch. Because opened freeze-dried bone cannot be saved, we fill as many extraction sites as the excess bone in the vial allows at no additional charge. Filling additional sockets in a full-arch case takes no additional time and offers lasting benefits for your patient!
What does socket preservation cost?
The cost of a socket preservation bone graft depends on a variety of factors, including the amount of bone grafting material needed, auxiliary materials, and overall complexity. Patients should expect to spend $200-$300 per site on average for socket preservation performed immediately after extractions.
There is a socket preservation ADA code and dental insurance may help with a portion of the cost. Although the socket preservation code exists, many insurance policies do not pay for socket preservation or other bone grafting procedures. This sends the wrong message to patients and often requires providers to justify the benefits and necessity of socket preservation bone grafts to their patients.
How does socket preservation help the dental implant process?
Socket preservation can make it easier and quicker to place dental implants. Socket preservation techniques often eliminate the need for more invasive bone grafting surgery at a later time. Most patients are ready for implant placement 3 to 4 months after dental socket preservation. Having a separate grafting surgery is invasive and takes additional time for new bone to form before an implant can be placed.
Can socket preservation grafts fail?
Anything is possible. Bone grafting enjoys a success rate greater than 99%. Because socket preservation uses such a small quantity of material and the matrix is completely surrounded by healing bone that contains a vital blood supply, the chances for failure are very slim.