How Long After Socket Grafting

How long after socket grafting can you still get implants? When does the socket graft begin to fall out? I went from top x-ray to bottom in about 3 years. Was just wondering if I had done the grafting would it be this bad?

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Answer: How long after socket grafting

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

After a tooth is removed and a bone graft is placed, it is the standard of care to wait approximately 4-6 months prior to having the implant placed.  Every patient is as unique as their medical history.  Medications and other medical conditions may effect healing.  Once the bone or socket graft has fully integrated with the surrounding natural bone, the implant surgery can be scheduled.  After the implant is placed, it is necessary to then allow it to integrate with the bone prior to restoring it with a crown.  If care is taken after surgery, socket grafts are usually predictable and successful, however they sometimes can fail, making an unsatisfactory environment for implant placement. 

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