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What is Socket Preservation, and why it's a Necessary Dental Requirement?


Posted on 9/19/2022 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
What is Socket Preservation, and why it's a Necessary Dental Requirement?The placement options, such as placing dentures, can cause tension and pressure along the alveolar ridge, which, if not rightly placed, can cause harm to the socket. Therefore, the surgeon must consider socket preservation when a tooth is extracted because of cavities, decay, or trauma.

What is Socket Preservation, and Why it's Important?


Socket preservation is a dental procedure that protects and maintains the safety of the alveolar ridge surrounding the teeth' roots. When a tooth is lost, a process begins to dissolve the bone in the location to reshape and re-counter the jawbone lost.

During this process, the jawbone can experience reduced residual ridge height or width and create excruciating pain that is sensitive to manage; hence it's essential to preserve the socket rightfully after tooth extraction.

Why Bone Loss Happens After a Tooth Extraction


After the tooth extraction, the jawbone may reduce quickly, resulting in bone volume loss within a few months. However, this loss affects socket preservation in various ways due to bone loss. Moreover, allowing the socket to mend itself may result in challenges when fabricating dental dentures.

How to Achieve Socket Preservation Effectively


Socket preservation determines the success and failure of dental implants; therefore, it's crucial to preserve the alveolar ridge at the time of the tooth extraction. Some of the steps for socket preservation include; immediately after the tooth is extracted, ensure that the gum is pulled away from the bone, thoroughly cleanse the socket, especially with an antibiotic agent, place and fasten a barrier membrane to the gum and pack the socket with bone grafting material and close the wound over the barrier membrane placed.

Generally, socket preservation prevents the empty tooth socket from dental issues as well as providing strong support to any dentures such as dental implants. In addition, it allows the correction of any existing deformity within the alveolar ridge.



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