Sometimes it is in your best interest to have one or multiple teeth removed. With an advanced technique called socket preservation, the oral surgeons at Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS help patients in the Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN area maintain strong, attractive facial bone, following extraction.
When is socket preservation necessary?
Extraction may be recommended for teeth with deep decay or infection, those that are badly fractured or broken below the gum line or causing acute or chronic pain. Advanced periodontal disease can deteriorate connective and supporting tissues, requiring removal of teeth.
Some of these conditions inherently deteriorate surrounding bone, so that when the tooth is extracted, remaining bone is damaged or diseased. Even healthy bone and gum tissues shrink quickly after tooth loss.
- The mouth appears to collapse.
- Nose and chin get closer together.
- Facial features and proportions become distorted.
- Skin sags and wrinkles.
In addition, bone loss presents significant challenges in restoring teeth with dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Dental socket preservation is a proactive method to avoid these issues.
The socket preservation technique
At Stevenson, Fairchild & Surber OMS, a socket bone graft procedure is highly-customized to the patient’s oral health and tooth replacement strategy. In general, it involves immediately filling the socket of an extracted tooth with grafting material – your own bone, or a biological or synthetic substitute. A membrane (often resorbable) is placed over the site, often platelet-rich-fibrin is incorporated and gum tissue is sutured closed. As the socket heals, there is minimal tissue shrinkage or bone loss.
Taking this step at the time of extraction – especially vital for front teeth – tremendously aids in alveolar ridge preservation. A solid foundation dramatically increases success of dental implants. Alternately, ridge preservation allows traditional bridgework or a floating denture to fit more comfortably and look more natural. Socket preservation cost is easily offset by these factors.
Socket preservation: Available in Valparaiso & Merrillville, IN
Socket preservation is an innovative and cost-effective approach to maintaining oral health and smile appeal, rather than reconstructing after bone is lost. It is just one example of the forward-looking philosophy shared by Dr. Howard Stevenson, Dr. Stephen Fairchild, and Dr. Timothy Surber.
Call (219) 307-4382 to learn about your extraction options.