Socket Preservation

Socket Preservation in Vienna, VA

If you’ve recently had a tooth removed, socket preservation is a procedure that can help maintain the strength and stability of your remaining teeth.

Socket preservation is usually done immediately after a tooth is extracted. The goal of the procedure is to prevent the loss of bone in the jaw that can occur after tooth extraction.

What is socket preservation?

Socket preservation is a dental procedure performed to preserve the socket of a tooth removed due to periodontal disease, trauma, or decay. The socket is the hole in the bone where the tooth root was located. A bone graft placed into the socket fills in the space and stimulates new bone growth.

This procedure is often performed to prepare the site for dental implants. By preserving the socket, the chances of successful implantation are increased. It can also help prevent bone loss and preserve the natural contours of the jawbone.

The Benefit of Socket Preservation

This treatment helps preserve the bone surrounding a tooth that has been removed. The socket, or alveolus, is the bone that supports the tooth. When you are missing teeth, the empty socket can collapse and shrink. Bone grafting helps to prevent this, keeping the socket intact. The socket is filled with bone graft material, which helps maintain the socket’s size and shape. This can make it easier to place dentures or implants and preserve the aesthetics of your smile.

Socket Preservation FAQs

Dental insurance plans do not typically cover the cost of this treatment, as it is considered to be an elective procedure. However, some dental insurance plans may offer coverage for a portion of the cost. It is best to check with your insurance provider to see if they offer coverage for this type of procedure.
The sockets can collapse and shrink if you do not get bone grafting done after tooth extractions. This can cause not enough of the bone to be left to support a future dental implant or other tooth-replacement option such as dental bridges. Bone grafting helps prevent this by keeping the socket intact post-tooth extraction.
The time between dental implant procedures and bone grafts will vary depending on the individual. Usually, we recommend waiting at least three months after the bone graft is placed before placing dental implants. This gives the bone graft time to fuse with the surrounding jaw bone. This will also encourage bone regeneration to support dental implants.

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If you have any questions about bone grafting or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you get started on the road to a beautiful, healthy smile.

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The first step towards getting the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always wanted is to schedule an appointment with our office. You can contact us by phone or submit the appointment request form online and our office staff will contact you to confirm your appointment.