The best way to support a dental implant is to prevent bone loss. When a tooth is extracted, some of the jaw bone is lost during normal healing. A ridge preservation graft is a bone graft, placed at the time of tooth extraction; bone grafting material fills the hole left in the bone from the missing tooth. The bone graft will reduce the amount of bone loss during healing as your body will use the grafting material as a scaffold to grow new bone. Placing a bone graft at the time of the extraction provides site development for future implant placement. There is virtually no increased pain with ridge preservation grafting versus extraction without grafting.