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When a tooth is extracted, it leaves a hole in the bone where it was once anchored. The bone around the tooth is called the alveolar ridge. Without any intervention, the bone and gum at the extraction site will eventually shrink through resorption. The body no longer needs the bone to support a tooth, so it begins to deteriorate.

Unfortunately, the space left can cause adjacent teeth to migrate toward the space, throwing them out of alignment. The bone and gum tissue also become so altered that they will not support a dental implant should the patient choose to have one at a later date. Socket preservation prevents deterioration and makes it possible for an implant to be placed eventually.

Socket preservation also protects you from dry socket. This is a very painful condition in which the blood clot that protects the exposed nerve is removed from the area. It can happen if you rinse your mouth too soon, suck on a straw or explore the extraction site with your tongue. Socket preservation eliminates the possibility of nerve exposure.

What is an Alveolar Ridge Preservation Procedure?

After the tooth is removed, the dentist places bone graft material into the socket where the tooth was located. This material may be human bone, animal bone or a synthetic biocompatible material. Then a collagen barrier or membrane may be placed over the socket. The final step is to suture the gums over the socket to close it up.

This procedure preserves the alveolar ridge and protects the socket. At a later date, if an implant is going to be placed there, the area just needs to be prepared for its placement. Without preservation, the ridge may need a bone graft to build it back up, and it may need contouring to ensure that the implant and gums are properly supported.

At Ora Dental Implant Studio, we provide all the services required to successfully place dental implants. Consider replacing your missing teeth with dental implants. Contact us for an exam and consultation for more information.

Our Patient Reviews

Ora Dental Implant Studio

5 / 5.0

Based on 6 reviews

Umakant D.

I will highly recommend Dr. Dalla. I found him to be very pleasant and highly professional. I had implants done and he did it so well that I had no discomfort. He is an excellent dentist specialist.

Lisa O.

I went to Ora last month for a denture implant consultation, soon as I walked through the door I was greeted by the ladies in the front. My consultation went great Dr. Dalla was great, he listened to my concerns and explained what would be the best procedure for my situation. Also worked with my financial situation. I had all my teeth extracted and my dentures placed. Tia was so wonderful she did her best to calm me down and reassure me there was nothing to be nervous about. Before he started I expressed how nervous and scared I was he assured me I was in great hands and I was. The staff there is the best. I have a little discomfort but when I looked in the mirror for the first time a hour ago I was very very happy with my outcome. I still have to go back for the implants then I'll be finished. I want to thank the whole staff at Ora for giving me my confidence back in my smile.

Gary B.

The whole experience went great. From the front office staff to the back office staff. The implants look and feel great. Thanks for everything... I will see you in the new year....

Darnell H.

Nice everyone and everything there is very nice they explain things in a way you can perfectly understand. I will be looking forward to having the things I need fixed

Dennis H.

First visit went very well, the Doctor listened to what I needed/wanted done, and gave me a schedule to complete the work.

Mashoq A.

Everything about this office is amazing from the staffs to the dentist and the dentist take his time to take care of his patients