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Socket Preservation: Preserving Your Smile

Socket preservation, also known as alveolar ridge preservation, is a dental procedure that helps to maintain bone volume and shape after a tooth extraction. This is important because when a tooth is removed, the surrounding bone starts to resorb or shrink. This can lead to bone loss, which can make it difficult or impossible to place a dental implant in the future.

Who is a good candidate for socket preservation?

Socket preservation is a good option for people who:

  • Are planning to have a dental implant placed in the future

  • Have a tooth that is severely damaged and needs to be extracted

  • Have thin bone around the tooth that needs to be extracted

  • Are concerned about the appearance of their smile after a tooth extraction

What are the benefits of socket preservation?

There are several benefits to socket preservation, including:

  • Prevents bone loss

  • Preserves the shape of the jawbone

  • Makes it possible to place a dental implant in the future

  • Improves the appearance of the smile

What does the socket preservation procedure involve?

The socket preservation procedure is typically performed at the same time as the tooth extraction. After the tooth is removed, the socket is cleaned and filled with a bone graft material. The bone graft material helps to support the bone and prevent it from resorbing. A collagen membrane may also be placed over the bone graft to help protect it and promote healing.

What is the recovery time for socket preservation?

The recovery time for socket preservation is typically short. Most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few days. There may be some discomfort at the extraction site, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

How can I learn more about socket preservation?

If you are interested in learning more about socket preservation, please contact About Face Surgery today. Our experienced dentists can provide you with more information about the procedure and whether it is right for you.

To book a consultation with About Face Oral & Facial Surgery, please visit our website at

We hope this blog has been helpful. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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