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Socket Preservation Grafting


After a tooth extraction, you are left with a small hole, or socket, where the tooth once was. Protecting this socket after an extraction is important, for a few reasons. First, it’s important to avoid the development of a painful dry socket, which can form if the blood clot is knocked loose, exposing the nerve. Protecting the socket also saves the alveolar ridge, the strip of bone around the roots of teeth which they are attached to.

It is not uncommon for the bone that once supported your tooth to deteriorate once the tooth is removed. When this happens, gaps can form between the teeth, or teeth can move out of alignment. This is why a socket preservation is often performed at the same time as the extraction.

This procedure involves placing a bone graft into the now empty socket. After placing the graft in the socket, the dentist covers it with a collagen membrane and then stitches the area closed.

Socket preservation will improve the appearance of the remaining teeth and gums and will make any future dental implant procedures less complicated.

At 32nd Street Dental, we are experts in extractions as well as socket preservation. To learn more, call us today at (417) 221-9181 to schedule an appointment.

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