Socket Preservation

Socket preservation is an important consideration when having a tooth removed. Tooth removal can cause defects and greatly reduce the success or ability to replace a tooth in the future. Having a tooth removed without socket regeneration can result in additional procedures and multiple increased costs for future restorative placement. The supporting bone surrounding teeth shrinks significantly within three months of removal. This can create difficulty for future restorative placement and also decrease the supporting bone for the adjacent teeth. However, socket regeneration keeps the bone level on the adjacent teeth and keeps room for restorative placement in the future. Socket regeneration helps preserve bone and limit bone loss after tooth removal. Typically, the socket is filled with graft material to reduce the chance of shrinkage and collapse of the gum tissue in the area in which the tooth was removed.