Site/Socket/Ridge Preservation

A procedure called “socket preservation” is sometimes needed to preserve bone and minimize bone loss adjacent to a tooth that has been removed. One common technique is to fill the socket with bone or bone substitute and allow the bone to heal for approximately three to four months before implant placement. This procedure is key in maintaining bone after an extraction because the bone will normally reduce in volume and dimension drastically after an extraction. Socket preservation will maintain both the volume and dimension of the bone and provide a stable site for implant placement.