Prior to the removal of a tooth, consideration should be given as to how the missing tooth site will be restored. Many times it is advisable to consider an extraction site preservation. When a tooth is extracted, the healing process begins. Unfortunately the gingiva or gum tissue grows at a faster rate than bone filling in the socket with tissue rather than bone. Many times this will leave the individual with a large defect in the jaw making it difficult to restore. This is especially true in the anterior regions of the mouth where the defect will appear unsightly. Extraction site preservation is extremely important when considering implants. Implants need the surrounding bone to stabilize and integrate.
Failure to consider extraction site preservation could limit the restorative options an individual has. Increasing the amount of bone is more difficult after the socket has healed and the surrounding bone has degenerated. The degeneration of bone from failure to perform extraction site preservation can compromise the adjacent teeth. In some cases the, the changes that occur with a healing socket can cause bone and tissue loss around adjacent teeth.
There are many different types of extraction site grafts and should should be aware of how and where these grafts come from. Talk with us about the best options for preserving your extraction site.