Ridge Preservation (Socket Preservation)
When one or more teeth are extracted from the mouth, soft tissue and bone can begin to collapse. Without the tooth root to stimulate it, the surrounding jawbone will almost immediately begin to collapse and shrink. If there is too much bone loss, it may be impossible to place dental implants. It may become more expensive, more invasive, more time consuming, and more uncomfortable to replace the lost bone. Ridge (or Socket) preservation is a type of bone grafting procedure that rebuilds and stabilizes bone where an extraction has left an empty, weakened socket.
Ridge preservation procedures begin with the removal of the tooth. Dr. Lane will do so carefully so as to not disturb existing bone in the socket. A bone graft will be placed at the time of tooth removed to enhance the potential for suitable bone growth to allow for a future implant. Healing time is approximately 4-6 months before a dental implant can be considered.
Ridge preservation can essentially minimize the amount of bone loss that occurs after the removal of one or more teeth. Leaving the socket empty after an extraction is sure to lead to deteriorating bone in the jaw, making it more difficult to place an implant later.
Ridge preservation is also:
Minimally invasive with minimal discomfort
Prepares the site for future placement of a dental implant without additional grafting
More cost effective and less painful than waiting to have the grafting procedure later
Preserves a natural looking smile
Dr. John M. Lane, located in Madison and Florence, Alabama, is a Periodontist who serves patients from Decatur, Madison, Huntsville, and The Shoals, Alabama. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!