Socket Preservation

Socket preservation is a procedure that reduces the amount of bone loss after a tooth extraction. After a tooth extraction, the bone can reduce because it does not have a purpose as the tooth and root are gone. If the tooth isn’t replaced bone will be lost over time. There are solutions to this issue. At Painfree Dentistry we offer socket preservation that will stop bone loss making the implant process easier to perform in the future.

Socket Preservation Procedure

The procedure will take place after the extraction. A bone graft material will be placed into the socket of the missing tooth. It is performed after extraction to reduce the amount of bone loss as much as possible. This will preserve the area of the mouth that supports the tooth and root. The socket is filled with bone graft material which can be made from human bone, animal bone such as a cow or a synthetic material. After the socket has been grafted the dentist will cover it up with a membrane and finish off by suturing the opening.

A tooth extraction area with a missing tooth can reduce. To try and keep the bone thickness, dentists may recommend the socket preservation solution. If this procedure has not happened after a tooth extraction you have had, don’t worry there are other solutions offered to get the jawbone back to the way it should be. Your dentist can discuss any concerns with you.

Why Do I Need Socket Preservation?

The jaw needs to have the correct thickness and structure for implant surgery. Implants are the most natural and long-lasting tooth replacement treatment. The socket preservation ensures the jaw is suitable for implants when the time comes. If there is not enough bone, the implant could be unsuccessful because it needs the jaw to anchor it in place. Not only that but missing teeth that are left can change your facial appearance. This is due to the jawbone thickness changing. The preservation procedure will make treatment in the future easier, more cost-effective, faster and successful.

Another reason why the socket should be protected is to avoid issues such as a dry socket. This happens when the blood clot protecting the healing area becomes loose. The loose clot can expose the nerve underneath. It can also protect the bone around the roots and teeth. Protecting the bone level early will stop complications in the future.

After Care

It is important to look after yourself after a tooth extraction. You need to protect the gum line and keep the socket clean and comfortable until it heals. In some cases, your dentist might recommend not brushing the area or to brush with a very soft toothbrush for around a day after the extraction has taken place. Your dentist will discuss food and habits to avoid. Certain hard foods could lead to dry socket.

We want the best for our patients. We want you to have to have the best care, dental hygiene and the best dental procedures. Contact us today if you have any concerns about your dental health or to inquire about our tooth implants, other treatments and more. We are here to help.