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Maintaining Bone Health

To limit bone loss and preserve the socket, extraction site preservation uses numerous methods. If you wish to get dental implants, this treatment is necessary since bone volume is needed for proper insertion and long-term stability.

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Enhancing Implant Success: Exploring Extraction Site Preservation

Here’s how protection of extraction sites usually works:

Grafting Material: After the tooth is taken out, the dentist or oral surgeon may put in a grafting material like bone grafts, fake grafts, or tissue-stimulating proteins. This stuff acts as a framework for new bone to grow on.
Barrier Membrane: In some cases, the bonding material may be covered with a barrier membrane. This layer keeps gum tissue from growing into the socket and makes room for new bone to grow.
Stitching: The place where the tooth was taken out is carefully stitched to make sure it heals properly and to protect the grafts material and membrane.
Healing Time: Over the next few months, the grafting material will help new bone cells grow, which will keep the area’s bone structure.

Some of the benefits of preserving mining sites are:

Bone preservation: By keeping the bone volume the same, extraction site preservation helps stop the sunken look that can happen when bone shrinks after a tooth is pulled.
Implant Placement: If you want to get dental implants in the future, preserving the spot where the tooth was extracted will make it more likely that the implants will stay in place.
Benefits for your appearance: Keeping the bone structure intact can keep your face from looking different if you lose a lot of bone.

When removing a tooth it is important to consider what will be done with the empty space after that tooth is removed. Wisdom teeth are in the back of the mouth, so that site will heal on its own with no complications. If it is necessary to remove another tooth, plans must be made. If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew.

If you want to fill the space with a dental implant, a sturdy jaw bone is necessary to install the implant. If you opt for a dental bridge, the bridge must be molded and placed before the teeth shift.

Your dentist is always open to a conversation on what you would like to do with your extraction site before removing a tooth. They will be able to make a recommendation and layout a treatment plan. Make sure to schedule follow up appointments to properly care for your extraction site.