Preservation of Dentoalveolar Structures
If removal of a tooth becomes necessary, it is important to attempt to preserve the tissue in the area involved. Teeth roots are embedded in bone and provide support for the tooth. The roots may be single or multiple. The may also have different lengths and shapes.
In the past we would removed these teeth and allow bone to fill into the extraction socket on its own. This process is unpredictable and may take months to happen. The advent of socket grafting with small bone particles allows for rapid and predictable healing. This also provides for bone support of adjacent teeth.
This process also has the additional advantage of allowing for esthetic final restorations.