Tooth Socket Preservation

preserving a tooth socket
Tooth Socket Preservation

The loss of a tooth is a traumatic experience on your body and not just in a cosmetic sense. Without the root in place to maintain the shape of the jawbone, the surrounding bone tissue will degenerate causing the jaw to collapse into the socket area. This deformity not only changes the appearance of your mouth, it makes it difficult for any future tooth restorative measures to be performed. That is where tooth socket preservation comes in.

After the extraction of a tooth, Dr. DeAndrade will fill the open space with bone or a bone-like material. This area is then covered with gum, an artificial membrane or tissue stimulating proteins to encourage your body to generate new bone in the damaged area. By using this process to stimulate new growth, there will be sufficient bone available for dental implants, bridges or dentures later on. It is much easier to grow new bone at this stage rather than trying to build up the jaw later.

Tooth socket preservation is not a permanent solution. Without impact on the bone from a working tooth, the body will begin resorb the bone and it will eventually melt away. Ideally, a permanent replacement should be implanted within four to twelve months of the extraction for best results.

Following the procedure, you may experience swelling and minor discomfort that is easily alleviated by over-the-counter pain relief medication. In the first six weeks you may brush and floss as you normally do as long as you avoid the area of the socket graft. You will also be given a periodontal wash to rinse your mouth with. Avoid putting pressure on the area until the new bone has grown in.

The loss of a permanent tooth does not need to be a permanent problem. Contact Anthem Periodontics to begin your tooth restoration process today.