What are tooth sockets?

Your tooth does not just consist of the crown, or the portion of the tooth above the gumline. The roots of your tooth play a vital role to the health of your smile and are located in sockets in your jaw bone. When a tooth is lost or extracted, this socket can shrink and eventually disappear. Without socket preservation, certain tooth replacement treatments, such as dental implants, become increasingly difficult and eventually impossible. As tooth sockets shrink, they can also cause you to lose proper facial shape and volume.

What is socket preservation?

At Dhillon Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer socket preservation to retain the structure and shape of your tooth socket to prepare for dental implants and other treatments. To do this, Dr. Navkiran Dhillon, our gifted dentist, will add a small graft or splint inside of the socket to keep it in place and to maintain its shape. If you are unsure what you would like to do with your smile after a tooth has been lost, then having your tooth sockets preserved allows us to keep all of your options open. For more information about socket preservation in Ware, Massachusetts, we invite you to contact our friendly dental team today. We are happy to answer all of your questions and help you schedule your appointment.