Ridge (or socket) preservation is often needed upon the removal of a damaged or decayed tooth, in order to prevent bone loss associated with your extraction. Often when a tooth has experienced damage or disease, the removal of the tooth is required. Following the removal of the tooth, the socket which contained the root of the tooth begins to remodel and bone may be lost in this process.
There are several procedures which can assist in socket preservation. In the most common method, the tooth is removed and the socket is filled with bone. It is then sealed with gum tissue, or a synthetic material, to promote the natural healing process. The socket then heals without causing anatomic deformity. This procedure is done with the help of local anesthetics with little to no discomfort to the patient.