How Socket Preservation Protects Your Smile's Health

March 25, 2024

When you imagine restoring your smile with dental implants, you envision a bright future full of confidence and joy. But did you know that the success of this journey heavily relies on one crucial factor - healthy and adequate bone support? This is where periodontal procedures like socket preservation come into play.

When a tooth is lost or extracted, the surrounding bone can begin to degrade over time. This deterioration compromises bone mass, which in turn affects the amount of support available for future dental implants. An insufficient alveolar bone can lead to potential instability and a higher risk of implant failure.

As the alveolar bone shrinks following an extraction, it can also impact the appearance of the tissue under a conventional dental bridge, compromise the support for a removable denture, and even affect facial aesthetics by producing a hollow and haggard look. That's why socket preservation is so important.

Maintain Bone Volume with Socket Preservation

Luckily, a simple bone grafting procedure called socket preservation can be performed following a dental extraction to preserve bone volume and prevent bone resorption. The procedure works by stimulating the regeneration of bone in an extraction site.

Socket preservation typically involves placing bone graft material into the socket left by an extracted tooth. Several types of graft materials exist, including autografts (patient bone), allografts (donor bone), xenografts (animal bone), and synthetic materials. While autografts offer the highest compatibility, advancements in synthetic and allograft materials provide viable alternatives.

By maintaining bone volume, socket preservation also helps preserve the natural contours of the periodontal tissues. This ensures better restoration and facial aesthetics while facilitating the placement of future dental implants and providing a stable foundation for prosthetic teeth at the office of Sunrise Blvd.

We believe in taking proactive measures to protect your oral health. Socket preservation is one such procedure that safeguards your long-term well-being by preventing bone resorption and addressing potential treatment challenges before they arise.