Your natural teeth should ideally last a lifetime. But infections, overcrowding, dental decay, and numerous other factors can lead to tooth loss or the need for extraction. Dr. Kayvan Fathimani recommends socket preservation to preserve and protect the natural jawbone after extraction, which can dramatically improve your long-term possibilities with a dental restoration.
Tooth Extraction Leads to Jawbone Resorption
You may need to undergo tooth extraction for numerous reasons, such as severe toothaches, infections, bone loss, gum disease, and fractured teeth. Dental decay and disease often spread into the bone tissues that hole your tooth in place, i.e., the socket. When the tooth is extracted, the underlying jawbone can get deformed. Furthermore, without a tooth to support, natural resorption also leads to the deterioration of the surrounding jawbone, leading to facial sagging and a collapse of the cheeks and jawline.
What is Socket Preservation?
Socket preservation allows you to preserve your jawbone and reduce bone loss after tooth extraction. The specific details of the procedure vary from one individual to the next, but the underlying goal is the same. Sometimes, the empty socket is filled with bone grafting material, either drawn from another part of your body, another individual, or synthetic sources, to stimulate natural bone augmentation to repair the socket. This procedure preserves the jawbone and allows you to receive dental implants, even after several years.
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Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a triple-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon committed to offering cutting-edge treatments to preserve oral health. He carefully examines your facial anatomy, discusses your goals and symptoms, and curates personalized treatment plans to ensure the long-term health of your mouth and teeth. Please schedule a consultation to determine if you’re a candidate for socket preservation in Lone Tree.