Extractions & Socket Preservation
Teeth are extracted when they cannot be restored either due to very large decay or gum disease. Upon extraction of a tooth, the bone surrounding the tooth resorbs by 40-60% after the tooth has been extracted causing the lips and cheek to sink in. To maximize bone support for future restoration of extracted teeth and prevent major changes in facial appearance, we recommend bone graft or socket preservation at the time of extraction to help keep the volume of bone. Good bone support not only maintains bone volume and facial appearance but is needed especially when the extracted tooth will be replaced with a dental implant. If you are a candidate for socket preservation, your dentist will go over all details and answer any questions.