Socket Preservation Procedure

Preserving Your Jaw Bone after Extraction

Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of pain, infection, bone loss, or due to a fracture in the tooth. The bone that holds the tooth in place (the socket) is often damaged by disease and/or infection, resulting in a deformity of the jaw after the tooth is extracted. In addition, when teeth are extracted the surrounding bone and gums can shrink and recede very quickly, resulting in unsightly defects and a collapse of the lips and cheeks.

These jaw defects can create major problems in performing restorative dentistry whether your treatment involves dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Jaw deformities from tooth removal can be prevented and repaired by a procedure called socket preservation. Socket preservation can greatly improve your smile’s appearance and increase your chances for successful dental implants.

Several techniques can be used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss after an extraction. In one common method, the tooth is removed and the socket is filled with bone or bone substitute. It is then covered with gum, artificial membrane, or tissue, which encourages your body’s natural ability to repair the socket. With this method, the socket heals, eliminating shrinkage and collapse of the surrounding gum and facial tissues. The newly formed bone in the socket also provides a foundation for an implant to replace the tooth. If your dentist has recommended tooth removal, be sure to ask if socket preservation is necessary. This is particularly important if you are planning on replacing the front teeth.

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Patient Review By Charlotte G

I was a trauma patient that some how fell on my face in the shower. Dr. Daly's office was able to get me right in the same day and were able to save all 4 of my front teeth. One of my front teeth was out of the socket and Dr. Daly was able to set the tooth back in the socket and save my tooth. I am normally scared of going to any kind of dentist and that was the first words out of my mouth to Dr. Daly right after he introduced himself. Somehow he was able to calm me down enough to let him even look at my mouth and begin to repair all the damage I had done due to my fall. He called a few time after to check on me since he knew how scared I was. I highly recommend him and his staff.

- Charlotte G

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