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Socket Grafting

Socket Grafting
A socket is the name for the area in the bone in which a tooth is rooted. When injury or very advanced periodontal disease has caused severe deterioration to teeth and bones it may be necessary to reconstruct an entire tooth socket.

A tooth or teeth may have already been lost or may be so damaged that they need to be removed. Socket grafting is a procedure designed to rebuild the bone in order to allow tooth replacement by implant or bridge restoration. The bone surrounding a tooth socket is a special type which will deteriorate very quickly after a tooth is removed.

If a socket remains empty after a tooth is lost or extracted the accelerated bone loss in the area can also negatively impact any adjacent teeth. Therefore it is very important for health and esthetics to rebuild the socket as soon as possible after tooth loss or extraction.

The Procedure
Socket grafting will begin with the removal of a tooth if it has not already been lost. Any remaining root particles will be removed to leave a clean empty socket. Material will then be placed into that socket to fill it and build it into a firm foundation for reconstruction. There are several different kinds of bone grafting material available and the team at Century City Periodontics is experienced at choosing the most suitable for each case.

There will usually be an extended healing time for the grafted bone to fully integrate with the existing natural bone. It is important to wait until this healing process is truly complete before continuing with the restoration in the area. When the new bone is well fixed then implants or bridgework can restore full oral function. Socket and other types of bone grafting have allowed the placement of implants for patients who would otherwise not be candidates for this type of restoration.

The professionals at Century City Periodontics are able to offer many different options for effective treatment planning in cases of severe tooth loss. Visit our page on tooth extraction & ridge preservation for more information.

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