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Periodontal therapy has two primary objectives: 1. to replace missing teeth. 2. to prevent the loss of other teeth. Naturally, it goes without saying that Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists have the hopeful goal of helping their patients achieve the best possible circumstance for restoration of overall oral health.

Unfortunately, sometimes teeth simply have to be removed. There are several reasons why extraction becomes necessary: The patient may suffer from pain, infection or bone loss that occurs as a result of periodontal disease. And sometimes tooth removal is necessary to help facilitate the treatment plan for restorations.

The socket is the area of the bone that fixes the tooth in place. When the socket is damaged by infection or other disease, it often leads to the loss of the tooth, which in turn leads to jaw deformity. Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists get very concerned about jaw deformities because this complication can instigate significant challenges for the restoration process.

But we want you to understand that sockets can be preserved and protected, thereby eliminating more costly and unpleasant complications such as jaw deformity. Socket preservation is the answer for both preventing — and even repairing — jaw deformities. Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists favor socket preservation because this treatment can improve the appearance of your smile and aid in the success of implant dentistry.

Our expert team has multiple approaches for socket preservation, but one popular method involves removing the tooth and then filling in the socket with bone or bone substitute. The site is covered with a bio-compatible barrier, and it’s treated with proteins that stimulate the tissue, encouraging the body to naturally repair itself through the regeneration of lost bone and tissue.

The gum is sealed and the healing process begins. Typically, the bone is given four to 12 months for development, prior to going forward with any further restorative treatment, such as the placement of dental implants.

So, if you’d like to learn more about socket preservation and how it can be an effective treatment in the journey of restoring your smile, please contact Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry. They can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314 or at their office in Palm Desert, California.