Having a tooth extracted is generally the last choice that many dentists will make. We work hard to keep your natural teeth as healthy and as viable as possible so that they can continue to provide you the quality of life to which you are accustomed. Sometimes there is simply nothing to be done except to extract a tooth in order to benefit your oral health in general. When that happens, your tooth is removed from its socket, which then remains behind in the form of a small hole in your mouth. It is generally a good idea to have socket preservation performed in order to help salvage that area of your jaw and your gums.
What is a tooth extraction?When your teeth become too decayed or damaged to remain functional, we may recommend pulling them in order to avoid infection or other serious complications. To do this, depending upon the tooth in question, they will carefully rock the tooth out of its socket and remove it from your mouth entirely. Sometimes this must be done in pieces. Regardless, a tooth extraction should eventually leave behind an empty socket as a mere memory of the tooth that used to be there.
What is socket preservation?When you have a tooth extracted, the bone and tissue that held it in place no longer have a purpose. That means that they it is rather common to find declining bone and tissue in these areas, which can affect the positioning as well as the health and appearance of the rest of your teeth. In order to avoid negative consequences caused by removing a tooth, socket preservation can be done. This is a process where a bone graft is inserted into the socket where your tooth used to reside. The wound is then normally covered with something like a collagen membrane, and then it is sutured up to keep it closed and protected.
Do I need socket preservation?The purpose of socket preservation is to help maintain the bone along that particular bit of your jaw remain in place rather than fade away due to losing its tooth. While this is perhaps not strictly necessary, it is often a good idea for a variety of reasons. First of all, performing the preservation at the same time as the extraction can help you avoid complications like dry socket. Second of all, socket preservation can help keep the existing structure of your mouth and the placement of your teeth as it was before the tooth was extracted. This keeps your remaining teeth from drifting out of place. Finally, performing socket preservation is a good step to take if you plan on having a dental implant inserted at some point in the future.
All in all, socket preservation is a good process to understand more about. Speak with us about it in order to determine whether or not you would be a good candidate.
To find out more about our socket preservation process, give us a call today! Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576