Tooth Socket Graft
When you have a tooth extracted, the area where the root used to reside is called the socket. Sometimes due to extreme periodontal disease, the tooth socket may need to be recreated. Here at New Heights Dental & Braces we provide you with all the latest technology to address your oral needs including tooth socket grafting.
What Is a Tooth Socket Graft?
When a tooth is so severely decayed that is has caused damage to the socket where the root is located, we may need to rebuild it. Other than the wisdom teeth, which don’t serve any purpose in the mouth and don’t need to be replaced, missing teeth is one of the most significant problems for American adults. Tooth decay is the number one reason for tooth loss, and about 70 percent of Americans suffer from one form or another of periodontal disease.
Tooth socket grafting is a procedure in which our surgeons rebuild the bone, which allows us to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. After a tooth is extracted, the surrounding bone will get damaged very quickly and can affect adjacent teeth. Tooth and bone loss can have a domino effect that, if not controlled, can cause more problems.
How Is a Tooth Socket Graft Done?
During a tooth socket graft surgery, our surgeon will remove all particles left behind by a missing tooth. This includes any part of the crown and root. The tooth socket will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Then bone grafting material, either from another part of the body or a bank will be added to the cavity.
Before the surgery, we will discuss your options for obtaining the bone grafting material. Whichever choice you make, the material will eventually fuse with the rest of the jawbone and will be ready to receive a dental implant.
Advantages of Tooth Socket Grafting
One of the most significant benefits of tooth socket grafting is the prevention of future bone loss or resorption in the area surrounding the socket. It is important to let you know that only a dental implant can stop bone loss permanently because the body will destroy the new bone placed in the socket without anything to stimulate its growth.
Chewing is the mechanism that keeps your teeth and bones strong, and if you have a missing tooth, that gum tissue doesn’t get the stimulation it needs, which also affects the socket. When no implant is added, it can only take a few months for the loss of bone to restart.
If the missing teeth are located in the front of the mouth and are visible when you speak, tooth socket grafting can help you repair your smile and give you more confidence in social situations. Moreover, they can help you maintain the alignment of your teeth and bite.
Preserving the bone in the tooth socket is critical to avoid future tooth and bone loss. It is also essential for maintaining facial structure and avoiding looking old prematurely. For any other questions about tooth socket grafting please call New Heights Dental & Braces at (210) 828-5300.