Molar Extraction: Do I Need a Bone Graft if I Don’t Plan to Get a Dental Implant?

I am having a molar extracted. The very last tooth on the top. I am being told to have a bone graft as well to preserve the ridge. The bone graft is quite expensive. I really doubt that I will ever be getting a dental implant. So is the bone graft something that I really need to have done? What are the risks if I don't get the bone graft?

2 thoughts on “Molar Extraction: Do I Need a Bone Graft if I Don’t Plan to Get a Dental Implant?

  1. If the tooth is the very last molar on top and you don’t plan to get an implant, or don’t anticipate loosing all your upper teeth and needing a denture, I would say no, you don’t need a bone graft.
    The only risk of not getting a bone graft is loosing bone in that area and having the opposing molar supraerupt (grow), affecting the bite, then not having enough bone to place an implant without sinus grafting.
    Ultimately only you can decide what you want to do.
    Good luck!
    Carlos A. Boudet, DDS, DICOI

  2. Bone graft (also known as extraction site preservation bone graft) helps to preserve the bone and prevent bone loss and shrinkage over time. If you are not considering implant, then it may not be as crucial to have the bone graft done. However, many of my patients have changed their mind later and wanted implant replacement and it is always good to know that there is sufficient bone available to do that and avoid more costly and more invasive bone grafting procedures later.
    Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi

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