If your dentist has recommended removal of a diseased or damaged tooth, you’re probably concerned about the impact of a missing tooth on your appearance. When your tooth gets removed, the procedure leaves a small hole in the gums and jawbone that can lead to oral health complications. Fortunately, you may be a candidate for an advanced socket preservation procedure that prevents recession of the jawbone and may facilitate the placement of a dental implant or traditional bridge.
Benefits of Socket Preservation
The roots of your teeth have multiple functions. In addition to holding your teeth in place, they signal your jawbone to produce new bone cells. If a root is infected, your jawbone and the bony ridge behind your gums will begin to deteriorate. Without treatment, this problem changes the structure of your face, alters the fit of your dental bridge, and may make it impossible for your dental surgeon to place implants.
How Socket Preservation Works
After clearing away your tooth, the surgeon will graft new bone onto your jawbone to immediately ward off damage. He or she will place a fibrin membrane into the bone, which includes platelets that stimulate the healing process. Next, natural or synthetic bone is put into the socket and possibly treated with a platelet-rich plasma to further stimulate healing. Small sutures may be added to hold everything in place once the gum tissue closes over the incision. This treatment not only helps restore the jawbone but also prevents a painful condition called dry socket that occurs when the nerve is exposed.
Recovering from Socket Preservation
The grafted bone tissue will gradually integrate with the surrounding jawbone over a few months. Once this process is complete, you may be a candidate for stable, durable dental implants. You need a healthy jawbone with enough tissue to support the implant for a successful implant procedure. When you follow your dentist’s post-procedure instructions carefully, you will likely recover from socket preservation without significant complications.
If you need to have a tooth removed and are concerned about your long-term dental health, visit a socket preservation specialist at Union City Oral Surgery as soon as possible. These surgeons can take the necessary steps to restore the health of your jawbone after an extraction. Call us at (201) 601-9262 or schedule an appointment today on our web page.