Socket preservation involves placing bone grafting material into the socket of an extracted tooth at the time of the extraction. With decades of scientific research it has been shown that socket preservation at the time of extraction provides the best long-term results for preserving the bone at the extraction site. It prevents the collapse of the bone and surrounding gums that typically happens during the natural healing process after a tooth is extracted without bone grafting.
Jaw bone loss is always a threat after tooth loss or tooth extraction, especially when the site is not bone grafted to preserve the socket. When you undergo socket preservation, you preserve the jaw bone while:
Preserving Your Jaw Bone After Extraction
Tooth extraction is sometimes necessary when the tooth is non-restorable, fractured and causing pain or infection. The bone that holds the tooth in its place is called the “Extraction socket”, and it, too, can be affected by damage to the tooth.
Extraction socket damage results in deformity of the jaw, causing shrinking gums and collapsing lips and cheeks. Over time these defects and a lack of support for the soft tissue can lead to wrinkles around the lips causing the premature aging.
Jaw bone loss effectively eliminates one of the best tooth replacement options: Dental implants. However, when you choose socket preservation at the time of tooth extraction, you can avoid jaw bone loss and all of the issues that come with it.
How Does Socket Preservation Work?
During the socket preservation, Dr. Massoomi will:
- Perform a comfortable tooth extraction, then immediately fill the socket with the bone grafting material that may be mixed with your own PRGF to accelerate the healing process.
- Cover the grafted site with a non-resorbable membrane to encourage the body’s natural ability to repair the socket. This membrane is secured with sutures, all of which will be eventually removed 2 – 6 weeks after surgery.
With this method of socket preservation, the socket heals and eliminates jaw bone loss and shrinkage. The newly formed bone provides the perfect foundation for dental implants, and continues to promote healthy jaw growth in the future.
We hope to hear from you soon. Dr. Massoomi will consult with you about your concerns and help you design the treatment plan that best serves your needs.