Tooth Socket Preservation Columbus OH
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How is it Preserved?
The procedure is relatively simple and typically pain-free. The patient will already be under a local anesthetic due to the tooth extraction and therefore will feel no pain. This is a quick and easy process that is done after the tooth has been extracted and the space is cleaned up.
Following the extraction, the tooth socket will immediately begin to close. The periodontist will place a temporary bone graph or dental scaffold material into the socket to preserve its shape. This type of graft can be made from a various amount of material such as real human or cow bone, or synthetic materials.
Once the grafting is finished, the periodontist will seal up the graft with a collagen membrane and suture (sew up) the opening.
What does it do?
As mentioned above, a tooth socket preservation procedure is used to essentially “block” the tooth socket from closing up after an extraction. The special bone grafts that are used will prevent the hole from shrinking (as it naturally would do.)
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Reasons for Socket Preservation
Socket preservation promotes a healthy recovery after tooth extraction, but it also does much more.
- Cosmetic Benefits – if a tooth socket is not preserved following extraction, the jaw bone will begin to deform, causing permanent aesthetic changes to the patient’s facial structure.
- Dental Implants – All forms of dental prosthesis require good gum and jaw support. Socket preservation allows for a wide range of tooth replacement options in the future.
How to Care for Your Smile After an Extraction
It is extremely important to follow the periodontist’s rules when it comes to caring for your newly extracted tooth. It is imperative to allow enough time for the tooth socket to heal fully before putting any sort of pressure or strain around the area.
We recommend avoiding any tooth brushing for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Even if the toothbrush is a soft-bristled one, it is important to stay away from anything that will accidentally brush away newly formed blood clots. These blood clots are needed for a healthy recovery. If blood clots are stopped from forming, or they are accidentally knocked out- this can lead to a dry socket. A dry socket can elongate the healing time as well as cause extremely bad breath and pain in the area.
Be sure to stay away from drinking from a straw, any form of tobacco products, and hard foods for a few days as well. We also recommend tons of rest and no physical activity for the first 24 hours. If you follow all of the above steps, you should be able to recover from an extraction with or without a tooth socket preservation in a week or so. Normal daily activities can resume after the first rest day.
Do not hesitate to ask your periodontist about what you may or may not think is OK to do after an extraction. If you notice you are in excessive pain after the procedure, be sure to call our offices for a follow-up check-up treatment. In most cases, our patients will feel likely little to no pain afterward. An over-the-counter pain reliever can alleviate the pressure or soreness you may feel after an extraction.
If you have any questions regarding tooth socket preservation, please give us a call here at Stoner Periodontic Specialists. We have our well-trained staff on-hand to answer any and all of your dental questions. Your health and safety is our #1 goal, and we aim to provide that here for our patients. We recommend a tooth socket preservation for anyone looking to replace a newly extracted tooth with a dental implant, bridge, or permanent denture.