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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Patient Review by Tim S

I had the worst pain I have ever experienced in my entire life and needed a tooth extraction. My dentist referred me and was able to get me an appointment. When there everyone I spoke to was friendly, knowledgeable, and very comforting. The doctor was an absolute pro and kept me informed and made the entire process painless. They took the tooth out and gave me everything I needed to recover properly. I could not thank them enough for how efficient they were and how successful everything went. I am feeling so much better and I would recommend their care to anyone who needs any sort of dental procedure. They are fantastic and will help you get to the other side of your dental woes.

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Patient Review by Alfred P

Beautiful place. Wish the tooth would of been pulled out since was only gonna use novacaine. The BP was just nervousness and would of went down as soon as the tooth was out. But we will be back to get it out

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Patient Review by Steve G

Everything was great from front desk to procedure to recovery room to out the door… Everybody was professional and they explained every detail needed to know when you left the recovery room

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Patient Review by Steven Barbagallo R

I want to thank the whole staff including the doctor for making an normally unpleasant procedure as tolerant as possible, they all were very professional and kind they even made me laugh several times which put me at ease and made the extraction go even easier for me. Thank you again. Steve Barbagallo

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Patient Review by Janet S

I would highly recommend this practice for oral surgery. Excellent staff in all departments. Great oral surgeon.

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Patient Review by Henry B

For years I'd been putting off having a broken wisdom tooth extracted. Long story short, I finally decided to get it done. Dr. K made short work of it with only a local anesthetic. Fast and efficient. There was no pain. Certainly less pain and more enjoyable than a average weekly corporate staff meeting, by far. So far post procedure pain management required only over the counter meds. Great staff, great doctor, I wish I'd had it done sooner.. Highly recommend.

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Patient Review by Anita M

Such a good experience- as usual I was anxious about having an extraction- but very quickly my anxiety level dropped to Zero. Painless procedure- Dr. Calarusso and the dental assistant were experts in pain control and they were awesome!

- Anita M

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Patient Review by John Z

I can't believe how lucky I am. Was very nervous about getting an implant. The initial visit put me at ease quickly. When I went to the implant, I was taken in right on time at 8 am and by 8:30 was receiving post op instructions. Truly amazing. Afterward, no pain, bleeding stopped soon, zero complications. It could not have been smoother. And, their Leominster office is like a five-star European hotel... elegant.

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Patient Review by Peter M

Everyone is friendly and helpful.

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Patient Review by Alex F

This is the second child I have brought to CMOS for multiple extractions. I (and more importantly, my 9 and 11 year old daughters) have been extremely pleased with the professionalism, attentiveness, communication, and the comforting and inviting environment. I would not think of going anywhere else if there were other options presented to me.

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Patient Review by Jamie D

Wonderful staff fantastic every time I’ve been will be the only place I go going forward. I appreciate all the staff they are very kind people who make the entire process as easy as possible and dr kobakov is the greatest had him every time and I’ll make sure I do for future procedures. Thank you all again your awesome!

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Patient Review by Alan M

Fast and easy. The Doc was very good. I was surprised how fast I on my way.

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I have needed a lot of procedures over the years everyone has been great to deal with. The work has been excellent with no problems. The staff is compassionate and caring . Thank You

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Dr. Shan't was great but needs better jokes

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Patient Review by Patricia L

Great experience!

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Patient Review by Lisa B

I was very comfortable, and the clinical staff was caring and encouraging.

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