Socket Preservation Procedure
Preserving Your Jaw Bone after Extraction
Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of pain, infection, bone loss, fracture of the tooth, or injury. The bone that holds the tooth in place (the socket) is often damaged by disease and/or infection resulting in 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 after the extraction resulting in unsightly defects and collapsing of the lips, and cheeks.
A socket preservation procedure can be used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss after the extraction. Once the tooth is removed, the socket is filled with bone or bone substitute. It is then covered with gum tissue and possibly an artificial membrane or other tissue stimulation proteins to help encourage your body’s natural ability to repair the socket. With this method, the socket heals, eliminating shrinkage and collapsing of surrounding gum and facial tissues. The newly formed bone in the socket also provides a solid foundation for an implant to replace the tooth. If your dentist has recommended the extraction of a tooth, ask if socket preservation is also recommended.