After a tooth extraction, tooth socket preservation is required to reduce the bone loss from the tooth socket. A membrane is placed in the socket to preserve the socket and enhance the healing process. The membrane is a fibrin and platelet rich membrane called (PRF). The membrane contains components that expedite the healing process. Grafting material may be used instead of the membrane to enhance the healing process, and preserve the socket.
Tooth socket preservation is important for future prosthetic dental work, especially in the case of dental implants. Without preservation of the tooth socket the patient will experience bone loss of 35% to 70% within a few months after the extraction. Once the bone is lost or reabsorbed it can never be replaced.
It is very important to preserve the tooth socket if a patient is considering dental implants. A preserved socket will enhance the appearance of the implant. For long term success, a strong tooth socket is necessary for the dental implant. For more information about tooth socket preservation or dental implants, please contact our Columbus, Ohio office today.