Extraction With Socket Preservation

When teeth are removed in areas that may have an implant placed or where there is a desire for a nice cosmetic outcome, a socket preservation procedure is often needed. The bone can often be very thin on the outer side of a tooth especially toward the front of the mouth.

Extraction of a tooth without socket preservation can allow some of the bone to die and the ridge to narrow and shrink to the point that an implant may not be possible, or the cosmetic appearance of an implant or bridge is severely compromised.

Socket preservation is a procedure where bone particles obtained from other sites in the mouth, bone banks or synthetic bone, is placed into the socket left by the extracted tooth. A dissolvable membrane is placed under the gum to hold the bone particles in place and gives the bone time to heal. This often reduces the need for more costly ridge augmentation procedures after healing, depending on the condition of the bone prior to the extraction.