Surgical & Laser
- About Surgical & Laser Treatments
- Flap Surgery
- Tissue Regeneration - Bone Grafting
- Crown Lengthening
- Gingival Grafts
- Cosmetic Procedures
- Tooth Extractions
- Laser Surgical Procedures
- What to Expect from Surgery
After a tooth extraction, the gum heals down in the socket before the bone has time to completely reform, leaving a resorbed ridge. To prevent bone resorption after extraction, we suggest the socket be filled with a material (bone graft) that reduces gum shrinkage or the socket be isolated with a membrane that prevents gum downgrowth (See Guided Tissue Regeneration). Treating the problem before it occurs is ideal.
|Without treatment, gum downgrowth
into the socket after extraction.
|Membrane placed over extraction site
to prevent gum downgrowth,
allowing bone time to fill socket.
|Socket after extraction||Membrane sutured in place|
|At 6 months, bone
healed without shrinkage