Ridge Preservation (Socket Preservation)

At the time of tooth extraction, a bone graft may be needed to fill the extraction socket to preserve the gum ridge and create a solid bone foundation for a future implant, removable appliance or fixed bridge.

Implants can usually be placed 3-6 months post extraction.

After an implant has been placed into the bone, it can take 3-6 months to completely fuse with the bone. This process is called osseointegration. Like a natural tooth root, this integration with the bone will create the needed support for your implant post and crown to function normally.


The Procedure

Ridge preservation usually occurs immediately after the removal of the tooth. The doctor will extract the tooth, carefully preventing any damage to the socket. A specialized bone grafting product will then be placed in the empty socket. The bone grafting material is designed to promote and regrow bone in the socket. 

After the bone grafting material has been placed, a special membrane will be stitched in place to protect the area. Healing time is approximately 3-5 months, after which a dental implant can be placed. 

The Benefits

Ridge preservation prevents large amounts of bone loss following a tooth extraction. Leaving the socket empty after an extraction is sure to lead to significant bone loss, thus preventing the placement of a dental implant. Performing bone grafting procedures later can be invasive and costly. Ridge preservation will usually prevent this issue later.

Ridge Preservation Also:
  • • Is minimally invasive with little discomfort
  • • Prepares the extraction site for future placement of a dental implant without additional graft procedures
  • • More cost effective than waiting to do grafting procedures later
  • • Preserves a natural looking smile
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