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Dental Implants and Socket Preservation – Jackson, MS

When adult teeth are lost, the health, structure, and function of the mouth all become compromised. The only way to avoid further dental complications following tooth loss is through restorative dentistry treatment to replace missing teeth. Dental implants offer the closest replica to the natural teeth because they provide a replacement for both the crown and roots of the missing tooth or teeth. While it is best to perform dental implant treatment as soon as possible after a tooth has been lost or extracted, it is not always possible to place the implants right away. To ensure that dental implant treatment will be a success later down the road, Dr. Kalil Abide may suggest that patients consider socket preservation. Dental implants and socket preservation offer our Jackson, MS patients the best chance to maintain a strong jawbone and a healthy, fully-functional smile following tooth loss.

Bone Degeneration

Patients who have a full set of healthy teeth also tend to have a jawbone that is strong and healthy. This is because the teeth (and more specifically, the roots of the teeth) stimulate the tissues of the jawbone so that new bone is continually being regenerated. When a tooth is lost or extracted, there is a gap left in the gums and jawbone. The area where this gap exists is denied the stimulation that is needed to promote the growth of new, healthy bone and tissue. As such, bone degeneration begins. Almost immediately following the loss of a tooth, the bone in the tooth socket begins to shrink in both width and height. This bone loss only worsens over time. Since any restorative dentistry treatment will rely on the support of the jawbone, it is important to prevent bone degeneration by preserving the tooth socket.

Options for Socket Preservation

Socket preservation helps maintain the strength of the jawbone in areas of tooth loss. Socket preservation can prevent a collapse of the jawbone or a general compromise of the mouth and facial structure. There are two primary options for socket preservation: dental implants treatment and a bone graft.

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If you have experienced tooth loss, the best way to preserve the tooth socket and restore the health and strength of the smile is through dental implant treatment. If you would like to learn more about socket preservation and dental implant treatment, contact us at your earliest convenience. Dr. Kalil Abide looks forward to hearing from you!

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