After extracting a tooth, how long do I need to wait to place an implant? Do I need to bone graft?
If the clinician does not want to or cannot place an implant immediately after the extraction for any reason, we usually recommend waiting 45 days in order to allow the soft tissue to close. If all the bone walls are intact, we do not do a bone graft procedure. If there is a wall missing or fractured, a bone graft procedure is indicated and a resorbable membrane must be always utilized. In the absence of infection in the site, a bone graft procedure can be done at the same time as the extraction. If there is infection, the graft procedure should be done after the infection is clear. After the graft procedure is done, the time to go back and place the implant will be determined by the bone graft material used. For example, SynthoGraft requires only four months waiting time.