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The Importance of Socket Preservation Post Extraction

The Importance of Socket Preservation Post Extraction

 

Undergoing dental extractions at our office is more common than you think. Dental implant therapy is on the rise and many clients wish to preserve their natural teeth when possible. Socket preservation is also known as a bone graft. It is often recommended to prevent bone loss after an extraction.

We take the time to discuss the procedure in depth so that clients have time to prepare. The importance of socket preservation after extraction is essential for a more predictable outcome. If dental implants are being placed at a later date, it is vital to preserve the location and ensure there is enough room and bone mass to undergo the next steps of your oral care as this may occur weeks or months after the initial extraction. Kaizen Dental is happy to take care of your general and cosmetic dentistry needs.

Educating Our Clients: Pre & Post-Care

Understanding your oral surgery including pre and post-care is essential. Your overall healing process requires diligence and recognizing which symptoms need attention in the rare event they arise. Kaizen Dental is committed to educating our clients on the importance of socket preservation after extraction for a more predictable outcome.

How Is Socket Preservation Done?

After your tooth is removed, a special bone grafting substance is placed within the socket and then covered with a membrane. This material may be an autograft (bone material harvested from the clients’ own body at an earlier time), it may be synthetic or bovine or porcine based. Sometimes cadaver tissue is recommended. We will go over all of the pertinent details well in advance of your surgery to ensure clients are educated on every step and all questions are answered. The socket preservation is required to prevent the jaw from absorbing itself during the natural healing process. It creates a solid base for your future dental implant for successful osseointegration to occur.

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Healthy Clot Formation Post Dental Extraction

Creating a sterile and relaxed healing environment after your dental extraction is the best way to facilitate healing. The gums need to create a clot at the extraction site and this takes some time. It is helpful to know what to expect to be patient during the process. We will pack the location with gauze after your oral surgery and this needs to be bitten down on continuously for some time to ensure clot formation. Understanding ahead of time that the taste of blood will be distinct ahead can allow you to be prepared. Certain factors can increase your chances of accidentally dislodging your healing blood clot and create a risk of developing dry socket. Avoid drinking through a straw or smoking anything to avoid creating any type of suction.

Oral Surgery & Socket Preservation

It is helpful to book your dental extraction with some time away from work to facilitate an excellent healing transition. Not having to speak with people or on the phone immediately after your oral surgery is ideal. Purchasing soft foods and stocking up on soups, shakes, yogurts and foods you won’t have to chew for a while is very helpful.

Book Your Dental Consultation With Kaizen Dental Today

It can be tempting to put off your upcoming oral surgery; however, we don’t recommend it! Extra issues can arise. Bacteria from your cracked, broken or decayed tooth can travel elsewhere including below the gum line. Perhaps you are preparing to have your healthy wisdom teeth removed to create more space.

Regardless, of why you are undergoing oral surgery, we will maintain a comfortable and positive atmosphere. Book your oral consultation with us today. We look forward to answering all of your questions and concerns.