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When to Consider Socket Preservation Grafting
Socket preservation grafting is a common way for oral surgeons to fill the empty tooth socket after tooth extraction or tooth loss. It preserves the integrity of the underlying bone that supports teeth, which can offer benefits such as preventing teeth shifting and reducing the risk of bone loss in the jaw, as well as gum recession.
When socket preservation grafting is recommended
Your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend socket preservation grafting after a tooth extraction, especially if a replacement tooth (implant, bridge, or denture) is necessary. This review takes a closer look at the purpose of socket preservation grafting and when it might be necessary for oral health, cosmetic, and functional reasons.
After a tooth extraction
There is a void that exists in the jawbone after tooth extraction. Without preserving the socket after tooth extraction, surrounding teeth can begin to shift in an effort to fill the extra space. This causes issues such as larger gaps between teeth or developing gaps that were not previously there. Bone atrophy in the jaw and gum recession may also occur in the affected area. A socket preservation graft prevents these concerns from developing by maintaining the structural integrity of the socket after tooth extraction.
Before dental implants
One of the main reasons dentists and oral surgeons recommend socket preservation grafting is to prepare the mouth for a dental implant. Implants serve the same role as a tooth root, which is to support the replacement tooth. Since the implant is placed into the jawbone, there must be enough existing bone to allow for a secure hold of the implant. If not, then the dental implant may not be successful. Socket preservation grafting ensures there is healthy bone tissue that allows for successful dental implant placement.
How it helps with bridges and dentures
Socket preservation grafting is also important if the patient intends to replace the missing tooth with a dental bridge or traditional denture. This is because the bone must keep the ideal height after tooth extraction to ensure a natural look, feel, and function. Also, without socket preservation grafting, surrounding teeth may shift. This makes bridges and dentures more challenging (and costly) as more space needs to be filled by the replacement teeth.
The benefits of socket preservation grafting
Everyone should consider how socket preservation grafting can help them before treatment. As discussed, the key benefits that socket preservation can achieve include:
- Prevents bone loss
- Gum recession prevention
- Prevents teeth from shifting
- Prepares for dental implants
- Helps with bridge and dentures
The best way to determine whether socket preservation grafting is right for you is to consult with a dentist or oral surgeon and discuss the benefits as it relates to you specifically.
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