Socket Preservation

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Socket Preservation

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Preservation Of Your Jaw Bone Following Extraction

It is sometimes necessary to remove teeth due to fractures in a tooth, bone loss, infection or pain.  The bone holding the tooth into place (socket) frequently is damaged by infection and/or disease, which results in the jaw becoming deformed after the tooth has been extracted.   Also, when teeth get extracted, the gums and bones surrounding it may recede and shrink very quickly.  This can result in unattractive defects and the cheeks and lips may collapse.

Jaw defects may bring about major problems for performing restorative dentistry, including whether the treatment use involves dentures, bridges or dental implants.  Jaw deformities resulting from the removal of teeth can be repaired and prevented through the procedure referred to as socket preservation.  This procedure can greatly improve the appearance of your smile and increase the chances of your dental implants being successful.

Several techniques may be used for preserving the bone and minimizing bone loss following an extraction.  There is one common method used where the tooth is first removed and then the socket gets filled with bone substitute or bone.  It then gets covered with tissue, artificial membrane or gum.  This encourages the natural ability of the body to repair your socket.  When this method is used, the socket heals.  This eliminates collapse and shrinkage of surrounding facial tissues and gums.  The bone that has recently formed within the socket provides a foundation as well for the tooth to be replaced by an implant.  If tooth removal has been recommended by your dentist, make sure you ask if you need socket preservation.  This is especially important when you are planning to replace front teeth.

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