Sometimes removal of teeth is a necessary procedure. It usually becomes necessary because of the pain, risk of infection, bone loss, or the fracture of a tooth. The bone that holds the teeth is called the socket and is susceptible to damage by disease or infection. If that happens, the result can be the deformity of the jaw after the tooth is extracted. Every time teeth get extracted, the bone and gums around the site of extraction can shrink and recede very quickly. If it happens fast enough, the result is an unsightly defect that can lead to a collapse of the lips and cheeks.
These kinds of defects in the jaw can create major problems not just in your daily life, but also for performing restorative dentistry. That includes all treatments that involve dental implants, bridges, and dentures. However, these kinds of jaw deformities after tooth removal can be prevented using a procedure called socket preservation. Socket preservation has the capability to greatly improve your smile’s appearance, and it greatly improves your chances to successfully get dental implants in the future.
There are several techniques available to patients that can be used to preserve the bone and minimize loss following a tooth extraction. One common method involves removing the tooth and filling the socket with bone or a bone substitute. After the filling, the socket is covered up with gum, artificial membrane, or tissue-stimulating proteins that encourage your body’s natural ability to repair the socket. This method prevents the shrinkage and collapse of the surrounding gums. The new bone in the socket also serves as a foundation for a dental implant that can replace the extracted tooth.
When the tooth is removed, the surgeon will perform the bone grafting at the same time. Taking immediate action is more effective in preventing damage to the jawbone. We can perform the socket preservation procedure at the same time as the tooth extraction so you only need to come in once. After the surgery is complete, the new tissues placed will start to integrate with the bone surrounding them. This process can take several months to complete.
At the end of those months, you can receive your new restoration. In most cases, your surgeon will recommend getting a dental implant to replace the extracted tooth. This option provides the greatest stability and durability. The socket prevention procedure ensures that there’s enough bone tissue to be able to qualify for a restoration.
If you’re preparing for a tooth extraction, then socket preservation can save your smile, as well as provide options for your long-term dental health.
Please contact us online or call us to make an appointment, and to learn more about the procedure and how it can benefit you. Our staff can answer all of your questions and help you schedule any procedures that might be necessary.