Socket Preservation


Except for wisdom teeth, tooth extractions are typically considered a last resort, as every effort is made to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible; however, there are times when removing the tooth and placing an implant is the best solution to return your smile to an aesthetically pleasing state, improve the overall structural integrity, and prevent additional issues from developing. This is commonly the case for patients who have a tooth or teeth that are so damaged that a filling, crown, or dental bonding will not be adequate in correcting it.

Tooth socket preservation is a safe and effective procedure commonly performed following a tooth extraction. After the extraction of your tooth, the small hole where the tooth was will slowly begin to close. To prevent this from happening, a graft is placed in the socket and collagen membrane placed on top, after which the area is stitched shut until the implant can be placed. Implants are typically placed within the first four to twelve month following extraction.

Dr. De Andrade explaining tooth loss & gum disease
Dolores explaining the effectiveness of dental implants




The Tooth Socket Preservation Procedure

An initial consultation and general examination will be necessary to determine if a tooth extraction and tooth socket preservation procedure is the right treatment option for you. During this visit, we will review your health history, discuss your oral health concerns and goals, and examine your teeth, gums, and cheeks to determine your overall health and identify any underlying issues. Following this examination, we will explain available treatment options and answer any questions you have.

If it is determined that a tooth extraction is necessary, your follow-up appointment will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. If the tooth being extracted is a simple tooth extraction, the next step will involve your tooth being elevated from the socket and then gently grasped with forceps to assist in the removal process. Although the anesthetic and dental sedation will significantly diminish any pain felt during this process, it is common to feel a sense of pressure as the tooth is being removed. Following the extraction of the tooth, gauze pads will be used to control the bleeding. If the tooth being extracted is more complicated (i.e. if the tooth root is curved or the tooth is firmly anchored), it may be necessary to cut or section the tooth into pieces, removing one section at a time.

Once the tooth has been fully extracted, the graft is placed to prevent the socket from closing, after which the area is sutured shut and the healing process can begin. In certain cases, a dental implant may be placed immediately following a tooth extraction, but often these two procedures are performed separately, which is why and when tooth socket preservation is necessary.

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Aftercare Following Tooth Socket Preservation

Once the tooth socket preservation procedure is complete, we will provide post-operative instructions to ensure that you minimize your risk of developing complications and enjoy a fast a recovery time. It is especially important to avoid eating hard foods, limiting strenuous activity for at least two or three days, and avoiding smoking for at least 48 hours to reduce your risk of developing a dry socket. It is common to experience mild bleeding following the procedure, but this can typically be stopped using a gauze. Mild sensitivity and swelling are also common, but can typically be managed using ice packs and over the counter pain relieving medication.

Once you have fully recovered, you can return to your normal diet and self-care practices, however, taking consistent good care of your oral health will reduce the likelihood of needing similar treatments in the future, especially if this procedure was performed because of improper or insufficient self-care. Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice daily (at a minimum) for at least two minutes each time. Also, remember to brush your tongue and cheeks, as well as behind the lower and upper front teeth.

Flossing at least once a day and being mindful of the type of foods and beverages you consume are also important steps to maintaining good oral health and preserving the integrity of your implants. Finally, continuing to schedule regular checkups every six months (or more if necessary) is the most important step you can take to maintain your oral health and identify and correct issues before they develop into something more significant. By following these best practices, you will maximize your recovery process and continue to enjoy good oral health!

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Cost of Tooth Socket Preservation

The cost of tooth socket preservation is contingent on a variety of factors, including the severity of your case, the number of teeth that are treated, additional procedures performed along with tooth socket preservation, whether dental sedation is used, and your dental insurance plan. At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, we are committed to helping you maximize your insurance reimbursement so you can receive optimal care, which is why we will file your claim and handle your paperwork. Please be aware, though, that any remaining balance following coverage is your responsibility to cover. Though not required, we do offer a discount for patients who pay their bill in full (cash, check, or credit) prior to treatment.

Before scheduling your appointment, we will provide an estimated total cost and answer any questions you have concerning payment plan options, such as Care Credit which offer interest-free payment plans for six-to-twelve-month periods and/or a payment arrangement made in advance with our office.

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Schedule Your Appointment

At Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants, your oral health is our number one goal. We are committed to providing you with the comprehensive periodontal support you need to continue enjoying a bright, healthy smile. To learn more about tooth socket preservation or schedule an appointment, contact our office at (702) 270-4600. We look forward to providing you with quality care tailored to your unique needs!