Socket preservation is a short and simple procedure conducted following tooth extraction to maintain bone and gum levels at the healing site. In the absence of socket preservation or bone grafting, jaw bone adjacent to the healing socket shrinks and resorbs. Gum tissue overlying these areas suffer recession which can lead to poor aesthetic results with implant and bridge restorations. This recession around the neighboring teeth can result in severe temperature sensitivity due to root exposure.
Drs. Hornby and Tehrani can place a graft dressing in the socket immediately following extraction so that gum levels remain at maximum height following healing. This socket preservation technique takes 3-5 minutes to complete, is inexpensive, and is covered by most insurance plans.