Socket Preservation Procedure

Preserving Your Jaw Bone after Extraction

Removal of teeth is sometimes necessary because of pain, infection, bone loss, or due to a fracture in the tooth. The bone that holds the tooth in place (the socket) is often damaged by disease and/or infection, resulting in a deformity of the jaw after the tooth is extracted. In addition, when teeth are extracted the surrounding bone and gums can shrink and recede very quickly, resulting in unsightly defects and a collapse of the lips and cheeks.

These jaw defects can create major problems in performing restorative dentistry whether your treatment involves dental implants, bridges, or dentures. Jaw deformities from tooth removal can be prevented and repaired by a procedure called socket preservation. Socket preservation can greatly improve your smile’s appearance and increase your chances for successful dental implants.

Several techniques can be used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss after an extraction. In one common method, the tooth is removed and the socket is filled with bone or bone substitute. It is then covered with gum, artificial membrane, or tissue, which encourages your body’s natural ability to repair the socket. With this method, the socket heals, eliminating shrinkage and collapse of the surrounding gum and facial tissues. The newly formed bone in the socket also provides a foundation for an implant to replace the tooth. If your dentist has recommended tooth removal, be sure to ask if socket preservation is necessary. This is particularly important if you are planning on replacing the front teeth.

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Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Joplin

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Dental procedures are never fun….. but the staff and Dr Burnett make it as painless and pleasant as possible…… even blankets are provided. Everyone is happy and friendly. Blessed

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Excellent care. Very thorough and informative. Very friendly and caring.. would definitely use again and recommend to others.

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Everyone was wonderful. There was no waiting. They had me in and out very fast. Will definitely recommend.

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Dr Bays did a wonderful job & loved the asst.s, would highly recommend this office!

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I hate dental work and it makes me anxious. This team took all the stress and anxiety out of the situation. Dr. Bays is very friendly and thoughtful. The entire office- from front desk, assistants, and nurses to Dr.- were great. Clean and nice setting. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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Dr. Burnett was awesome.....very kind and efficient and I had very little pain. The healing process was amazing. His staff was wonderful too. I highly recommend Dr Burnett and Staff.

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Best overall doctor I have ever seen. Explains the procedure how I can understand it and uses a sense of humor.

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Great experience. Everyone was very professional and kind.

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I was overwhelmed with the staff and doctor thank you for all you do the only complaint it took way to long to get in for appointment and abstraction

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Very professional and courteous. Excellent job explaining the procedures for whatever they are going to be performing.

- Matthew B

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Everything was amazing all th staff was awesome. The surgery was seamless with minimal swelling and pain. Everyone was compassionate and took amazing care explaining everything. I would go to them again and again with my oral surgery problems

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Everyone was professional and kind. It was a positive experience for me.

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Answered all my questions with concise and clear answers.

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No issues whatsoever. All the staff were kind and informative from start to finish.

- Erin P

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Friendly professional staff. At the Consultation appointment I was given all the information and options along with the cost so there were no surprises. When I came back for the procedure, Dr Bays explained everything he was doing and his staff assisting him was amazing. Had a great experience.

- Kari W

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Don’t wait to take a pain killer

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The staff was great and I hade a really great experience there! The staff is great and really nice!

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The extraction of my cracked molar was done quickly and I had very little discomfort afterwards. I did not require pain meds.

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I had a very positive experience and will go back if I need another implant.

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Very pleasant experience

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