Extraction & Socket Preservation

Dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth (commonly known as “pulling teeth out”). When there is too much damage to the tooth, the tooth will need to be extracted.

When a tooth is extracted, the hole left in the jawbone is called a socket. If left alone, the, the socket after healing will lose up to 75% of the original bone that was holding on to the tooth in the jaw bone.  This withering away is called bone resorption or bone loss.

Bone Loss from tooth extraction can be prevented at the time of extraction with socket preservation.

Bone graft or collagen is placed into the socket immediately after the tooth is extracted and a membrane used to cover it.  This can prevent bone loss and helps to conserve the bone in the area. A dental implant can then be placed to restore your tooth so it is as good as new!