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.
Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center
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Dr. Harriet Arrington makes me feel like I am a team member on the dental treatment decisions that are made. She explains what the dental situation is and how it can be fixed in great detail that is understandable. After Dr. Harriett Arrington's tooth removal and bone graft I got along very well. I really could not tell I had anything done. No complications at all! The evening of my procedure Dr. Arrington called me personally to check on my status. I could hear genuine concern and care in her voice. She makes me comfortable in asking questions. I recommend her highly without any reservation whatsoever.
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- Sheila D
Dr. Arrington was very gentle in removing my tooth that could not be saved. The healing process from the bone grafting has been very easy! I look forward to getting my dental implant.
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