What is socket preservation?

Socket preservation is a procedure often recommended after tooth extraction in order to prevent bone loss. When a tooth is removed, the bone at that site begins to shrink and deteriorate almost immediately. The jawbone may also be deformed or compromised because of the infection or disease that necessitated the tooth extraction. If the jawbone resorbs or is deformed, it may lead to the unsightly collapse of the lips and cheeks. Jawbone deterioration also causes problems when performing restorative dentistry, whether your treatment involves dental implants, bridges, or dentures.

In socket preservation, our oral surgeon is able to preserve the jawbone and minimize bone loss after tooth extraction. One common type of socket preservation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, involves filling the socket with bone or bone substitute after the tooth is removed. The extraction site is then covered with gum tissue, an artificial membrane, or tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural ability to repair the socket. As the socket heals, it helps to minimize or eliminate shrinkage and collapse of the surrounding gum and facial tissues. The new bone in the socket also provides a stable foundation for dental implants to replace the missing tooth. If you have a tooth extracted, be certain to ask your dentist whether socket preservation is needed, especially if you are planning on replacing front teeth.

For more information about socket preservation and to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Daniel Cannon, we welcome you to call us today at Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.