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.
For more information about Socket Preservation or to schedule an appointment with our doctors:
- Call us at Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center Phone Number 252-446-0400.
- Fill out our Appointment Form.
Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center
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I have never experienced what I have at this office at any other doctor's office, I am not saying there are not any other great doctors (dentists) out there but that has been the best experience so far for me, the kindness, the great listeners and great doctors. I would recommend this office to anyone because I they would be treated great with the service they get here.
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Dr. Arrington and staff were and always are very professional and caring. They are concerned about the total well being of each patient. I would highly recommend this staff to anyone. I am glad they are my doctors.
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great staff and Dr. Arrington is an amazing person as well as a great dentist
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Patient Review by Anonymous
One couldn't ask for better service! From the initial call through the procedure and follow-up, ALL staff were beyond friendly and helpful. Dr. Arrington and Kim answered all questions and invited me to ask any others I may have. Everyone stressed that I was to call with any questions, concerns or problems. Wish they could be my primary dental care givers too!
Patient Review by anonymous
Awesome experience. Would recommend Dr. Arrington and her excellent staff. Look forward to coming here on a regular basis.
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Great staff. Would recommend this office for your dental needs.
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Patient Review by Tom H
Great Staff & Doctor. After the initial procedure, the Doctor gave me her cell number in case I had any problems. I found that to be exceptional service. The Staff has always bee solicitous and friendly and has shown great empathy. They even remember personal information from visit to visit.
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Patient Review by Brenda S
Very Professional. Explained everything.
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Patient Review by Tina P
VISIT WAS ENJOYABLE, AS ALWAYS.
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Patient Review by Deborah A
I was nervous coming into the procedure but Dr. Arrington relieved all my fear and the procedure proceeded with no difficulties or discomfort. The staff was always friendly and most interested in my progress. The gift of flowers following the procedure touched me very much. Such a thoughtful gesture to put the patient at ease after a long procedure. I am most grateful for care and kindness shown to me.
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Patient Review by Carol C
Dr. Arrington performed a two hour procedure in such a manner that I had absolutely no pain. She kept me informed of the various steps throughout the procedure. Follow up appointments were the same including no pain at any point! Very patient and friendly staff throughout the office.
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Patient Review by Jacqueline W
Dr. Arrington was a wonderful surgeon. She was friendly and helped me stay calm during the procedure. She was very attentive in after care as well. She told me to call her at any time with problems I was having and she always answered. Overall great experience.
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Patient Review by Sandy D
I became a patient of Dr. Harriet Arrington when I needed a tooth removed due to a fractured root. Dr. Arrington and staff were incredible!! Professional, friendly, patient and courteous - and pain free! They were very gentle, took their time and carefully explained the procedure and follow-up care. To my pleasant surprise I had no swelling, bruising or discomfort . I would highly recommend Dr. Arrington or Dr. Kim for dental work. Dr. Kim is an excellent periodontist. I have been his patient for 5 years.
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Patient Review by Regina T
Highly recommend Dr Arrington and Kim. Very personable and professional. Doctors and staff made what could have been a stressful situation easy and painless!
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Patient Review by Wayne M
I had not one ounce of difficulty after Dr. Arrington extracted my tooth and than grafted it for a future implant.
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Patient Review by Bernice H
Dr. Arrington tried very hard to keep me from feeling any discomfort and she did a great job extracting my teeth.
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Patient Review by Jean W
I really like Dr. Arrington and staff. I had and extraction and bone graft with no complications. I highly recommend Dr. Arrington and her staff!!
- Jean W