If you’re facing a tooth extraction and your dental professional suggests a socket preservation procedure, you might be curious about its purpose. Why not let the tooth heal naturally? We’ll delve into the reasons for socket preservation, outline the procedure, and offer aftercare tips to ensure you undergo a treatment that leaves you confidently smiling.
Understanding Tooth Extraction Reasons: Your dental professional might recommend tooth extraction for various reasons, such as:
- Damaged Tooth: If a tooth is deemed beyond repair due to damage or breakage, removal may be advised.
- Tooth Decay: When a tooth reaches a state where treatments like fillings, root canals, or crowns are ineffective, extraction may be the best option.
- Periodontal Disease: Severe gum disease can lead to bone and gum tissue erosion, necessitating tooth extraction.
- Crowded Teeth: Extraction may be recommended to address overcrowding caused by a smaller jaw or extra teeth.
According to research in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, common causes for extraction include tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Why Socket Preservation?
After tooth extraction, your jawbone loses stimulation, leading to bone breakdown. Osteoclasts break down old bone, while osteoblasts build new bone where needed. Socket preservation helps maintain jawbone strength by using a collagen plug or bone grafting to fill the void left by the extracted tooth. Without this, bone breakdown can affect neighboring teeth and complicate future dental implant procedures.