Socket Preservation Therapy

Losing a tooth can be a difficult and stressful experience. Whether it is due to injury, decay, or disease, the loss of a tooth can have negative effects on your oral health, appearance, and self-esteem. Dental socket preservation therapy is a type of treatment that aims to prevent bone and soft tissue loss in the socket where a tooth has been extracted. When a tooth is removed, the bone and tissue in the surrounding area may begin to break down and resorb, or shrink. This can cause a variety of problems, including changes in the shape and structure of the jawbone, difficulties with denture or implant placement, and aesthetic issues. 


After the tooth has been extracted, a bone graft or synthetic substance is often placed in the empty socket. The graft material promotes new bone growth and the production of healthy tissue in the area. A barrier membrane may also be employed in some situations to cover the graft material and protect it from the surrounding tissue. The treatment’s overarching goal is to produce a stable and healthy environment for future tooth replacement or restoration.


The bone grafting material used in socket preservation therapy can come from a variety of sources, including synthetic materials or from the patient’s own bone. At House of Dontics, we work closely with our patients to determine the best source of bone grafting material for their specific needs. 


At House of Dintics, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality dental care. Our experienced dental team uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcomes. If you are in need of socket preservation therapy or any other dental services, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaitali Parikh.



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The socket is then filled with grafting material, such as bone or synthetic material, to preserve the space where the tooth was removed and prevent bone loss.



A membrane may be placed over the grafting material to help contain it within the socket and promote healing.



The gums are then sutured over the grafting material and membrane to protect them during the healing process.


Dental instruments

Socket preservation therapy requires the use of specialized dental instruments, such as forceps, elevators, and curettes, to remove the tooth and prepare the socket for the bone graft.

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Surgical drills

In some cases, surgical drills may be used to prepare the socket for the bone grafting material.



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  • Do not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before the surgery, unless the dentist instructs you otherwise.
  • Inform the dentist about any medications or supplements you are taking, as they may need to be adjusted or temporarily discontinued.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of the surgery.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery, as you may feel drowsy or disoriented due to the anesthesia.
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco products for at least 24 hours before the surgery.
  • Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before the surgery, but do not use mouthwash or rinse your mouth with water.
  • Notify the dentist if you have a cold, cough, or any other respiratory infection, as the surgery may need to be rescheduled.
  • Follow any additional instructions provided by the dentist, such as fasting or taking antibiotics.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours before the surgery.
  • If you experience any pain, discomfort, or unusual symptoms before the surgery, contact the dentist immediately.
  • Bite down gently on the gauze pad placed over the surgical site to reduce bleeding and aid in clot formation.
  • Apply ice packs to your face for 20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling, for the first 48 hours after surgery.
  • Rest as much as possible and avoid physical activity or strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours.
  • Avoid spitting, rinsing, or using a straw for the first 24 hours as this may dislodge the blood clot.
  • Avoid smoking or using any tobacco products for at least a week, as this can interfere with healing.
  • Eat soft, cold, or lukewarm foods for the first few days after surgery, and avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed, including any antibiotics or painkillers, to prevent infection and manage pain.
  • Brush your teeth gently, avoiding the surgical site, and rinse with a saltwater solution as recommended by dentist.
  • Keep the surgical site clean and dry, and avoid touching it with your fingers or tongue.
  • Attend follow-up appointments with dentist as scheduled to monitor healing progress and ensure proper aftercare.

Understanding Root Causes of Dental Issues

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Tooth extraction

After tooth extraction, the empty socket can lead to bone resorption and a change in the contour of the jawline, resulting in an unsightly appearance. Socket preservation therapy can help preserve the bone and tissue in the socket and maintain the aesthetics.

Gum disease

Gum disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can cause bone loss around the teeth, which can lead to loose teeth or tooth loss. Socket preservation therapy can help preserve the bone and tissue in the socket after a tooth extraction due to gum disease.

Congenital absence


Trauma to the teeth or jaw can result in tooth loss or damage to the surrounding bone and tissue. Socket preservation therapy can help preserve the bone and tissue in the socket after a tooth extraction due to trauma.


Dental implants

If you plan to get a dental implant to replace the extracted tooth, socket preservation therapy can help ensure there is enough bone and tissue to support the implant.

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Prevent complications

Socket preservation therapy can help prevent complications that may arise from tooth extraction, such as infection, excessive bleeding, or prolonged pain.


Bad Hobbies

Unhealthy habits like tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption can lead to dental problems, causing long-term damage to oral health

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Poor Hygiene

Poor hygiene practices, like irregular teeth cleaning and neglecting oral health, contribute to the development of dental problems.


Bad Diet

A bad diet high in sugar and acidic foods can lead to tooth decay and erosion, compromising dental health and increasing the risk of many problems.

Our Treatment Process


The dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area around the socket.


The tooth is carefully extracted, preserving as much bone as possible.


The socket is thoroughly cleaned of any debris or infection.

Graft placement

The dentist will place a bone graft material, such as synthetic or natural bone, into the socket. This helps to promote new bone growth and prevent bone loss.

Membrane placement

A membrane is placed over the bone graft to protect it and help it integrate with the existing bone.


The dentist will close the gum tissue over the socket with sutures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Socket Preservation Therapy is a dental procedure that helps preserve the bone in the socket after tooth extraction.

It’s important because, after a tooth extraction, the surrounding bone can shrink or resorb, leading to problems with dental implants or other tooth replacement options.

The recovery time for socket preservation typically takes 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the individual’s healing process.

The procedure involves placing one grafting material into the socket immediately after the tooth is removed, which helps to maintain the height and width of the bone.

The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia, so the patient doesn’t feel any pain during the procedure.

The procedure itself typically takes about 30 minutes, but the entire process of bone regeneration can take several months.

Anyone who is planning to have a dental implant or other tooth replacement option after a tooth extraction is a good candidate.

Without Socket Preservation Therapy, the bone in the socket can rapidly deteriorate, leading to significant changes in the structure of the jawbone and potentially impacting future dental treatments.

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