Tooth Socket Preservation Procedure Fargo ND

Preserving Jaw Bone after Extraction

Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of pain, infection, bone loss, or a fracture in the tooth. The socket, which is the bone that holds the tooth in place is often damaged by disease and/or infection, resulting in a deformity of the jaw after the tooth is extracted. In addition, when teeth are extracted the surrounding bone and gums can shrink and recede very quickly, resulting in unsightly defects and a collapse of the lips and cheeks.

These jaw defects can create major problems in performing restorative dentistry whether treatment involves dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Jaw deformities from tooth removal can be prevented and repaired by a procedure called socket preservation. Socket preservation can greatly improve a patient’s smile and increase their chances for successful dental implants.

Several techniques can be used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss after an extraction. In one common method, the tooth is removed and the socket is filled with bone or bone substitute. It is then covered with gum, artificial membrane, or tissue, which encourages the body’s natural ability to repair the socket. With this method, the socket heals, eliminating shrinkage and collapse of the surrounding gum and facial tissues. The newly formed bone in the socket also provides a foundation for an implant to replace the tooth. If a patient’s dentist has recommended tooth removal, the patient should ask if socket preservation is necessary. This is particularly important for patients who plan on replacing their front teeth.