Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

Socket Preservation

Socket preservation, also known as alveolar ridge preservation, is a common dental procedure designed to preserve the empty space left following an extraction. After a tooth has been removed, the bone that supported the tooth will eventually resorb, or deteriorate. In pronounced cases, this can lead to further tooth loss and visible changes in the cheeks and lips that result in a prematurely aged appearance. The empty space can also cause surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment. Shifting teeth compromise a balanced bite, which can result in the development of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, teeth grinding, and enamel erosion, fractures, or breakage. The main purposes of socket preservation are to minimize the potential for shifting teeth and to preserve the integrity of the bone tissue for future dental implant placement.

Who Should Undergo Socket Preservation?

Anyone who has a permanent tooth extracted should consider socket preservation. The procedure can preserve healthy bone density and quality, as well as proper dental occlusion. If the patient undergoes dental implant surgery in the future, prerequisite bone grafting will likely not be necessary. Patients who choose a traditional restoration can also benefit. Retaining proper bone mass in the jaw can ensure proper dental function and health, as well as a more youthful appearance.

tooth socket
Socket preservation can protect the health of your jaw and your entire smile following the extraction of a permanent tooth.

Techniques and Procedures

Several techniques and types of grafts can be used during the socket preservation procedure.  To begin, a dentist or specialist will administer local anesthesia. When the procedure is performed in conjunction with an extraction, the area will already be numbed. Once the socket is exposed and cleaned, a membrane will be inserted to isolate the treatment area. This will prevent surrounding tissue from adhering to the site and generating new gum tissue. The barrier also prevents bacteria from spreading to the area, which could cause infection. The membrane may be derived from animal sources, which is then used to make collagen, or it may be made of a synthetic material.

Socket preservation can prevent shifting teeth and further tooth loss, and preserve the integrity of the bone tissue for future dental implant placement. 

Following placement of the membrane, the dentist will insert a bone graft into the socket. There are many graft types, including:

  • Autograft: Bone from the patient’s own body
  • Xenograft: Bone from an animal source
  • Allograft: Donor bone
  • Alloplast: A synthetic material that resembles bone, such as tricalcium phosphate

Lastly, the graft is covered either directly by existing gum tissue, or with a resorbable membrane or protective material. Then the area is sutured closed.

bone grafting
Bone grafting can replace receded jawbone tissue in preparation for dental implants.

Aftercare and Preparing for Restoration

Immediately following tooth extraction and socket preservation, you should avoid brushing the surgical site for at least 24 hours. Cold packs can be applied to the cheek to minimize swelling in the area. You may be provided with prescription medication or advised to use over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to help manage any pain. Before leaving the office, you should receive detailed after-care instructions concerning foods to avoid and other tips.

Reducing the Risk of Dry Socket

After tooth extraction, a blood clot will form at the site which protects the nerve and promotes healing. If the clot becomes displaced by chewing, brushing, suction, or trauma of any kind, a dry socket can develop. To reduce the risk of dry socket, the patient should avoid smoking, drinking from a straw, drinking carbonated beverages, and swishing fluids around the mouth. Apart from a change in the appearance of the surgical site, dry socket can be accompanied by pain, bad breath, and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. If dry socket does occur, contact your dentist immediately.

Implant Placement

As the socket and jaw heal, new bone will regenerate and create a solid foundation for a dental implant. Generally, the dentist will allow at least four months for healing before placing a restoration. In rare instances, an implant may be placed at the same time the socket is preserved. Even a preserved socket will not last indefinitely. Without stimulation from dental roots or an implant, the bone will continue to atrophy. The dentist will usually place the restoration within 12 months of socket preservation for the best possible outcome. Once one or more implants have been placed, the area will typically need to heal for another four to six months before a permanent crown, bridge, or denture can be attached.

Protect and Restore Your Smile

Performed by a skilled dentist or oral surgeon, socket preservation is typically an effective procedure. Although your doctor will always try to save a natural tooth, in some cases, extraction is the best way to restore your oral health. Timely extraction, socket preservation, and implant placement can protect the health and appearance of your smile for years to come. 

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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