Socket Preservation Procedure
Oral Surgeon Bellevue & Renton WA
Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of pain, infection, deep cavity, periodontal disease or dental fracture. Socket preservation is used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss after an extraction. With socket preservation, the tooth is removed and the socket is filled with bone or bone substitute. It is then covered with gum tissue or membrane which encourages your body’s natural ability to repair the socket. With this method, the socket heals, eliminating shrinkage and collapse of the surrounding gum and bone. The newly formed bone in the socket then provides a foundation for an implant to replace the tooth.