After tooth extraction the bone that once held the tooth in place tends to resorb away or is lost over time. This may lead to inadequate amount of bone to place implants to replace that tooth later on.
Often at the time of tooth extraction, we may recommend that the socket is filled with a special bone grafting material (bone substitute) to preserve the quality and amount of bone so that the tooth can be replaced with a dental implant in the future. Often the implants can be placed at the time of tooth extraction and bone grafting but occasionally may need to come a few months after the bone grafting procedure.
Preserving the bone will ensure better treatment outcomes and improved appearance of the final tooth replacement.