It may be essential to consider replacing a lost tooth with a fixed bridge or an implant. However, a lost tooth may leave behind a dental infection or insufficient surrounding bone; in these cases, an implant’s immediate placement in the extraction socket is not recommended. Additionally, when teeth are removed, the surrounding bone may shrink. To preserve the space and augment the extraction socket, a material may be placed so that the site is maintained for further restoration by a dental bridge or dental implant. This procedure is done after cleaning the socket and then inserting a grafting material compatible with the patient’s condition.
An example would be an autogenous ( from the same person) bone, freeze-dried bone, or synthetic materials as hydroxyapatite or beta-tri-phosphate. The socket augmenting material of choice is covered with a barrier membrane to help keep it in place. Over some time, the patient’s body heals and should allow for the proper placement of a dental bridge or dental implant at a later date. If you think you have a tooth that needs to be extracted and would like to schedule an evaluation, please call Dental TMJ Sleep Apnea in Boca Raton, FL, at (561) 391-5331.