Socket Grafts

Socket Preservation is a procedure in which graft material or scaffold is placed in the socket of an extracted tooth at the time of extraction to preserve the alveolar ridge. After extraction, jaw bones have to be preserved to keep sockets in its original shape. Without socket preservation, the bone quickly resorbs. The jaw bone will never revert to its original shape once bone is lost and tissue contour has changed.

Socket Preservation differs from Ridge Augmentation; in Socket Preservation, the graft or scaffold is placed inside the tooth socket immediately after extraction. However, socket graft will not rebuild any part of the ridge lost prior to placement of socket graft whereas the Ridge Augmentation grafting procedure is done to bring back the lost bone after the bone has resorbed and there is insufficient ridge height or width for further treatment procedure.