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Why Socket Preservation
There is some debate among the dental and periodontal community as to whether or not socket preservation is necessary. There are a range of reasons why your periodontist or dentist may not typically perform socket preservation, the most common being:
- Unfamiliarity: Certain dental schools do not teach the practice of socket grafting, and as such, do not recommend the procedure to their patients. By not providing this service, there is an increased risk that the fixed prosthesis or implant placement will be compromised in functionality when it is finally placed.
- Cost: Although the benefits of having socket preservation is significant, it does add costs to the patient’s bill to cover grafting materials and additional procedural time.
- Not covered by insurance plan: Not every dental plan covers the socket preservation procedure, which can create uncertainty as to its efficacy for certain patients. This also represents additional costs, which is always an important consideration.
- Concern about grafting material origin: Some patients have a moral objection or personal discomfort with the thought of using animal or human bone grafts, although grafting materials have been proven to be completely safe.
Socket Preservation Process
The socket preservation procedure will be preceded with administration of a local anesthetic, followed by the extraction of your tooth. The type of anesthesia that is used may vary, depending upon the severity of your case as well as your overall sensitivity. Once you are properly numbed, the tooth will be extracted. As soon as the tooth is extracted, the socket will begin to naturally close. To prevent this from happening, a dental scaffold material or temporary bone graft is placed to maintain the original shape. Once in place, the graft will be sealed with a collage membrane and sutured shut. After this is complete, you will schedule a follow up appointment to have the implant placed.
Aftercare for Socket Preservation
Following your procedure, it will be important to follow aftercare instructions to protect your gumline and reduce discomfort you might have while your socket is healing. Your periodontist may recommend avoiding brushing your teeth for one or two days following the procedure. It will also be important to not create unnecessary pressure in your mouth, which can occur when using a straw or smoking. Finally, you will need to stick to a soft food diet, slowly reintroducing hard foods as your recovery progresses. Failure to follow these instructions can result in the formation of a dry socket, which will slow the healing process.
Once you have fully recovered, the best way to maximize the benefits and longevity of this procedure is to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing at least once daily, ideally every time you brush your teeth. It is also important to practice proper brushing and flossing techniques. In addition to practicing consistent and proper oral selfcare, it is also important to schedule regular checkups every six months. By maintaining a consistent oral health care routine, you will significantly reduce your risk for developing additional periodontal issues and will continue enjoying a bright and healthy smile.
Socket Preservation Cost
There are a range of factors that can impact the final cost of having socket preservation performed, such as the severity of your case, any associated procedures that need to be performed prior to or along with treatment, as well as your insurance plan.
Our team is committed to helping you complete necessary paperwork, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have concerning billing. For patients who have insurance plans, we do request you submit medical/dental insurance information with your New Patient Paperwork to expedite this process.
Please note: to reduce costs to our patients while still ensuring that we can provide the highest level of care, we have the following financial polices:
- We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express
- Full payment is due after services rendered
- Payment plan options are available via www.CareCredit.com
To determine if you have gum disease, your periodontist will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Patients who have pockets that are deeper than the average depth of three millimeters or less will be considered candidates for treating gum disease. Depending upon how severe your case is, your periodontist will suggest a follow up appointment, during which several different treatment options may be recommended.
Patients who are suffering from periodontal disease may experience gum recession. If this issue is not treated at an early stage, more complicated and serious problems can develop, as gum recession creates greater exposure of your natural teeth, which creates opportunities for bacteria to build. To address this issue, patients have historically had gum grafting, which involves removing tissue from unaffected areas and then grafting this tissue to the areas that have been affected. This is an effective method for addressing the issue of receding gums, however there is a newer and increasingly popular approach to treating receding gums, which is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).
Laser gum surgery is an advanced treatment option that efficiently and painlessly treats gum disease through the use of a laser. One of the unique aspects of laser gum surgery is that the laser pinpoints and kills bacteria without damaging surrounding gum tissue. Unlike other treatment options, which involve cutting and suturing, patients who have laser gum surgery and treatment performed will have a much quicker healing process.
Patients who have gum recession may consider having a gum graft, a common oral surgical procedure that thickens existing gums and/or covers a tooth root surface in order to prevent further recession from occurring. Gum recession can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason is due to periodontal disease. A gum graft will not only improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but will also reduce your risk of developing additional issues.
Patients who have an imbalanced ratio between their visible gums and teeth have what is commonly referred to as a gummy smile. Gummy smiles can be caused by a range of factors, including bone deterioration, periodontal disease, or genetic predisposition. Regardless of the reason, patients often feel self-conscious about their appearance and will seek to improve this issue by having a gum contouring procedure performed.
Scaling and Root Planing (also known as deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning) is a common method used to address periodontal disease. Scaling refers to the process of removing tartar that has accumulated, either on your teeth or below your gumline. Planing refers to the removal of tartar below the root line. When bacteria is allowed to settle on your teeth for too long, it will eventually mineralize and turn into tartar. The primary difference between plaque and tartar is that plaque can be removed by conventional brushing methods, whereas tartar will need to be removed through the efforts of your periodontist. It is important to schedule regular deep teeth cleaning and deep gum cleaning appointments to prevent periodontal disease from developing.
Schedule Your Visit Today
At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we take your health, confidence, and teeth seriously. Scheduling regular visits to maintain your teeth and gums will actively improve your overall health, and maintaining a bright and strong healthy smile will do wonders for your self-confidence. In addition to recognizing the importance of your oral health, we also understand the importance of your time, which is why we are committed to making every visit to our clinic as efficient as possible.
If you would like to learn more about socket preservation and dental implants, schedule an appointment or consultation today with our friendly, helpful staff, who can be reached at the following locations: Carrollton: (972) 242-7603; Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050; Denton: (940) 566-7021, or Frisco: (469) 489-ROOT.
We look forward to serving you and your smile and having you on your way as soon as possible!