Socket Preservation Procedure
When a tooth is extracted, the body attempts to heal the extraction socket as quickly as possible by shrinking the extraction site. As a result there is usually a loss of jaw bone and soft tissue. This loss often prevents or compromises the placement of a dental implant. A socket preservation procedure prevents this loss of tissue.
Socket preservation is accomplished by placing bone graft material in the tooth socket at the time the tooth is removed. Next, the gum tissue is placed over the socket and secured with sutures. Once the socket has healed, which usually takes form 3-4 months, the alveolar ridge is ready for dental implant placement.