In many cases, particularly if you are interested in a dental implant in the future, Dr. Pope will recommend a bone graft at the time of extraction. The jaw bone will typically go through a very rapid resorption process following extraction of a tooth. In order to prevent this loss of bone volume, a bone graft is placed into the socket the day of the extraction. Typically, the bone graft is covered with a membrane (similar to a Band-Aid) to cover and protect the bone graft. Depending on the type of bone loss, the membrane may dissolve on its own, or Dr. Pope may remove the membrane 3-6 weeks following the extraction. Bone grafts require 4-6 months of healing before the implant can be placed.