Socket Preservation

A socket is the name for the area in the bone in which a tooth is rooted. When a tooth is extracted or previously lost, the soft tissue and bone collapse. Furthermore, 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 esthetic to rebuild the socket as soon as possible after tooth loss or extraction. The dental surgery done to prevent this area from collapsing is called ridge or socket preservation in order to allow tooth replacement by implant or bridge restoration.

A ridge preservation surgery can serve many purposes. It is most useful in preserving the natural appearance of the front of the mouth. It is also very instrumental in providing appropriate support for dentures or dental bridge construction. It can be essential in providing sufficient bone height to support dental implants. Dr. Hanasab recognizes the role of ridge preservation in providing the support for more natural, appealing and functional tooth replacement.


Socket preservation 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 Dr. Hanasab is experienced at choosing the most suitable for each case.



A guided bone regeneration membrane is placed over the grafted material.



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.