Tooth Extraction and Socket Preservation
In severe cases of dental disease, unfortunately the patient may lose the tooth. A tooth may need to be extracted for multiple reasons:
- Excess tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Root canal failure
- Unsupportive jaw bone
As the tooth is extracted, it’s important for the extraction socket to be preserved as well to reduce the risk of bone loss. The jawbone must then be preserved to keep the socket in its original state.
Socket Preservation Grafts
A socket preservation graft is an important bone graft procedure that helps preserve the socket to prevent future damage. This procedure must be performed at the time of tooth extraction to avoid the possibility of needing a more serious bone graft procedure later on.
During the procedure, a resorbable biologically engineered collagen membrane is placed over the socket and is closed with stitches. Over the course of a few months, the membrane will allow bone to grow into the socket and naturally recreate healthy bone.
At Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics, we genuinely care about your overall oral health. Our team of compassionate professionals will work closely with you to recommend the best course of action based on your unique situation. Our team is always looking for innovative ways to offer the best possible solutions for our patients, and we’re ready to help you.