Socket Preservation Procedure

Preserving Your Jaw Bone after Tooth Removal

Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of pain, infection, bone loss or fracture of the tooth. The bone that holds the tooth in place (the socket) is often damaged by disease and/or infection resulting in deformity of the jaw after the tooth is removed. In addition, when teeth are removed, the surrounding bone and gums can shrink and recede very quickly resulting in unsightly defects and 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 for years to come.

Several techniques can be used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss after removal. In one common method, the tooth is removed and the socket is filled with bone. It is then covered with gum, artificial membrane, or tissue stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural ability to repair the socket. With this method, the socket heals eliminating shrinkage and collapse of 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 if socket preservation is necessary. This is particularly important if you are planning on replacing the tooth with an implant.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clagett, call our office in Elizabethtown, KY at Elizabethtown Office Phone Number 270-982-7377.

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Good experience. Dr. Clagett took time to explain my procedure and all my options available. Staff was very friendly and had a very short wait time. Very happy with my first visit.

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I had to have a tooth extracted and Dr. Clagett spent time with me explaining the procedure and answered all of my questions. Dr. Clagett and his staff are personable and welcoming which minimized my anxiety.The CRNA and his Nurse were amazing. He made sure I didn't remember the extraction and I had no pain! All were fun to talk to and I enjoyed my visit despite having a tooth removed.

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