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The Importance of Socket Preservation
Posted on 10/10/2022 by Dr. Michael Allard
When a tooth is lost, the bone that once supported it no longer serves a purpose, so it begins to break down. The materials then get re-used elsewhere in the body. While this may seem like a perfectly reasonable process, it can cause problems for oral health.
The dentist performs the socket preservation process and places extra bone into the socket to preserve its natural design and strength. The extra bone is removed from different body parts or animals. Some of the benefits of socket preservation include:
It Prevents a Dry Socket
It acts as a barrier to prevent a dry socket from forming. A dry socket is a situation on the teeth where the blood clot formed on the extracted area is destroyed, leaving a hollow space that is painful and develops discomfort for the patient. Furthermore, a Dry socket is a playground to attract bacteria and harmful elements that cause periodontal conditions.
It Prevents the Teeth from Drifting out of Place
It can prevent teeth from drifting out of place since the bone grafts provide the necessary height required to attach to other bones structure on the teeth. Furthermore, this allows controlling the reabsorption of the alveolar bone hence maintaining its integrity while improving the vital bone filling process.
Increases Possibilities of Prosthetic Treatments
Increases the chances for successful prosthetic treatments by reducing the future interventions that allow the ridge to be expanded from the performance of the prosthetic treatments and allows dental implant procedures to be done.
The Procedure can be done during Tooth Extraction
While many other dental procedures are allocated specific days and times for a successful performance, socket preservation is mainly done during tooth extraction surgeries. The dentist must perform this procedure to allow the patient to manage the conditions and also help to reduce the future complications that can arise.