Socket Preservation Procedure, Caldwell NJ
Preserving Your Jaw Bone after Extraction
Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of pain, infection, bone loss, or due to a fracture in the tooth. The bone that holds the tooth in place (the socket) is often damaged by disease and/or infection, resulting in a deformity of the jaw after the tooth is extracted. In addition, when teeth are extracted the surrounding bone and gums can shrink and recede very quickly, resulting in unsightly defects and a collapse of the lips and cheeks.
These jaw defects can create major problems in performing restorative dentistry whether your treatment involves dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Jaw deformities from tooth removal can be prevented and repaired by a procedure called socket preservation. Socket preservation can greatly improve your smile’s appearance and increase your chances for successful dental implants.
Dr. Kirsch is one of the early pioneers in this procedure and has performed many thousands of socket grafts since 1998. He was one of the first surgeons to lecture on this topic in 2000.
Benefits of Socket Preservation
- Preserves the bone and protects the adjacent teeth.
- Reduces post-operative bleeding.
- Reduces post-operative discomfort.
- Reduces risk for dry socket.
- Promotes faster healing.
Several techniques can be used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss after an extraction. In one common method, the tooth is removed and the socket is filled with bone or bone substitute which encourages your body’s natural ability to repair the socket. With this method, the socket heals, eliminating shrinkage and collapse of the surrounding gum and facial tissues. The newly formed bone in the socket also provides a foundation for an implant to replace the tooth. If your dentist has recommended tooth removal, be sure to ask for socket preservation.
What is the Difference Between Socket Preservation and Bone Grafting
Socket preservation protects the bone you already have. It is a conservative, predictable procedure that takes advantage of the body’s natural bone healing properties following tooth removal. In the other hand, bone grafting procedures replace bone that has already been lost due to infection, trauma, cysts, tumors or disuse atrophy. Although predictable, bone grafting procedures are move invasive, take longer to perform and carry additional risks.