Socket Preservation


Preserving Your Jawbone After Tooth Removal

Extraction of your teeth can be a good option if you are experiencing discomfort, infection, bone deterioration, or because of an injury to the tooth. The bone that anchors the tooth in position (the socket) is usually destroyed because of disease and/or infection, leading in the malfunctioning of the jaw once the tooth has been removed. Furthermore, if you have had teeth removed, you can end up with a distorted facial appearance.

These deformities of the jaw can lead to several difficulties in effectively completing restorative dentistry irrespective of the type of teeth replacement option you have chosen. Jaw defects arising from extraction of teeth can be avoided and fixed through using a procedure referred to as socket preservation. Socket preservation can significantly restore the aesthetics to your smile and increase the possibility for the success of implant supported teeth restorations.

Numerous methods are available for preserving the bone and limiting bone deterioration following tooth removal. For example, one well-known technique involves stuffing the socket with bone or bone substitute after the tooth has been extracted. Then it is wrapped with gum, synthetic membrane, or tissue to stimulate the body to reconstruct the socket on its own. Using this technique enables the socket to heal. The freshly created bone in the socket also gives sufficient footing for the placement of the dental implants.