We have implemented new protocols for our patient's and staff's safety. Please see our updated covid protocols for when you visit us.
Socket Preservation: A Surgery That Can Save Your Smile
Posted on 1/24/2022 by Dr. Michael Allard
Tooth decay, advanced periodontal disease, trauma, or damage to the teeth can compel you to have a tooth extraction. Patients seeking tooth extraction may have a fear of experiencing adverse effects on their bite. Socket preservation can help these patients as it reduces the risk of having a bone recession. Once a tooth is extracted, the bone is likely to deteriorate. Socket preservation can allow you to get dental implants after removing your teeth. But when is socket preservation necessary?
When to Have Socket Preservation
Extraction of a decayed tooth can cause damage to the dental root. As a result, the jawbone may start receding, and the gums begin to wear off. When this happens, you cannot be able to receive dental implants. Our oral surgeon will recommend that you have socket preservation in situations where a tooth extraction damages the dental root. This surgery helps keep the root more robust after pulling out the tooth.
During a socket preservation procedure, our oral surgeon will perform bone grafting at the time of tooth extraction. This way, it will preserve the jawbone and prevent further damage from occurring. The dental specialist places a fibrin membrane into the tooth socket, which contains platelet-rich fibrin to help stimulate growth and healing of the socket. The surgeon places a bone picked from the palate or jaw into the empty stock where the tooth was extracted, then uses tissue sutures or pins to aid close the site back.
Not everyone may need to get socket preservation. Our oral surgery team examines the damage to the tooth being extracted and how the extraction affects the health of the socket. If, upon extraction, the socket suffers damage, then the surgeon will perform a socket preservation surgery to protect the socket as well as the bone. Contact our oral & maxillofacial dental office to find out more about tooth extractions and what other procedures you may undergo before you get an implant placement.