When you are having a tooth extracted, Dr. Smith can provide you with a socket preservation treatment to prevent bone loss. This makes performing implant placements and other restorative procedures much easier in the future, and helps you avoid the need for a bone grafting treatment prior to replacing your tooth.

Tooth Loss and Bone Deterioration

When a tooth is extracted, the bone that surrounded and supported it to keep it stable and healthy in your mouth begin to deteriorate and resorb (shrink). This can cause changes in your bite and make your remaining teeth unstable. This lack of supporting bone tissue also makes it difficult to successfully place a dental implant.

Benefits of Socket Preservation

Socket preservation supplements your existing bone to maintain the structure of your bone ridge. This promotes a healthy recover from your extraction, and ensures that the area will be able to support a tooth replacement in the future. Socket preservation also helps prevent a condition known as dry socket, which can form if the blood clot protecting the extraction site is knocked loose and exposes the nerve below it.


There are two main phases to a socket preservation treatment. First, our periodontist will work to preserve as much of the original bone structure as possible. Second, a graft is performed to add bone replacement material to the extraction site. This prevents the collapse of the socket. Dr. Smith will thoroughly clean out the socket and insert specially prepared bone grafting material to the site. A small, absorbable plug or suture will be placed over the socket to complete the treatment.

While the healing process varies between patients, it typically takes 4-6 months to recover from this treatment. Our office will provide you with detailed home care instructions following your procedure to ensure that you heal properly.

For more information about socket preservation, and to schedule your appointment at the practice of Scott A. Smith DDS, please call our office today.