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Socket Preservation

Socket Preservation

Preserving You Jaw After Extraction

Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of pain, infection, bone loss, or fracture of the tooth. The socket, or bone that holds the tooth in place, is often damaged by disease or infection after the tooth extraction. Gum or bone can also recede or shrink after tooth extraction that can lead to defects and collapse of the lips and cheeks.

Restorative dentistry may need performed if you have jawbone loss. Jaw deformities from tooth removal can be prevented and repaired by a socket prevention procedure. It can improve your smile's appearance and increase your chances for successful dental implants for years to come.

The technique used to preserve bone and minimize the loss after tooth extraction provides a new foundation in the socket for a successful implant to replace a tooth. First the tooth is extracted and then the socket is filled with bone or bone substitute, followed by the covering of gums or tissue to eliminate the shrinkage of the surrounding gum and facial tissue. After the healing process takes place, an implant can be placed where the socket preservation took place.