One of the damaging effects of gum disease is that it can affect the health of the teeth, resulting in infection and even tooth loss. If you have lost a tooth to gum disease or have a tooth that has been severely damaged, you may need to receive a socket graft from Dr. Henry Espinosa.
Without a tooth or dental restoration, the bone can begin to deteriorate quickly and can impact the adjacent teeth, weakening your smile. Socket grafting rebuilds the bone to allow for a dental implant or dental bridge. This is important for your oral health as well as the beauty of your smile.
To perform a socket graft, Dr. Henry Espinosa will remove any remains of the damaged tooth and root particles, leaving a clean and empty socket. Bone grafting material is then placed in the socket to provide a firm foundation for reconstruction. This material is usually extracted bone from your body or a donor bank; however, it can also be synthetic. The type of bone grafting material provided will depend on your specific needs and preferences.
Following the procedure, your body will undergo the healing process to combine the natural bone with the grafted material. Once the area has solidified, our periodontist can place a dental implant or bridge restoration to restore full function to your smile. If you have any questions about whether you need a socket graft in Albuquerque, New Mexico, please contact our office at 505-888-1116 and arrange a consultation with our periodontist.