Tooth out - what's next?
What happens after tooth removal?
Following a tooth extraction, bone and soft-tissue tend to shrink if no restorative treatments are planned. Besides poor aesthetic results, inadequante bone volume could result in a secondary procedure to provide implant stability or may cause a gap under a dental bridge.
Filling the extraction socket with a bone substitute immediately after tooth extraction can preserve bone volume, which increases the options for successful treatment planning. If a dental implant is inserted soon after tooth extraction, bone substitutes placed around the implant also contribute to bone volume stability.
Without preventive measures...
the socket collapses over time due to natural resorption of the bone by our own body. The results are poor aesthetics with implant restoration, due to significantly less bone volume or formation of an unattractive gap between the bridge restoration and underlying gums.
With preventive measures...
in form of a Ridge Preservation - filling the empty socket with a bone substitute material - the volume and shape of the bone is retained over time. Preventive measures with Geistlich biomaterials allow flexibility in choosing the final restoration (implants/bridge restoration).