When tooth removal becomes unavoidable, the question of jaw preservation becomes paramount. Without feedback from a tooth the bone under your gums begins to recede. The gums surrounding the lost tooth can also start to recede. When bone and tissue loss takes place in your mouth the surrounding teeth can be adversely affected. We provide a treatment option called ridge preservation that can prevent such problems.
What does socket grafting procedure entail?
When a tooth is removed, a hole is left behind. This hole is the socket that the root of your tooth sat in. To prevent bone and tissue loss we fill the socket with bone or bone substitute. Once the socket has been filled it is covered and the gums are sutured closed. The site will heal and the bone in the socket will integrate into the bone within your jaw. This strong bone structure can provide dental implants a solid base in the future.
Indentations in the Gums and Jawbone
Sometimes when you lose one or more teeth, you can get an indentation in your gums and jawbone where the tooth used to be. Your periodontist can fill in this "defect" with a procedure called ridge augmentation. A new tooth can then be created that is natural looking, easy to clean and beautiful.
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