Socket Preservation in Albany, NY


When a tooth is removed, it leaves behind an empty socket or a hole where the tooth roots were located. A socket preservation procedure (or ridge preservation) can help preserve the health and appearance of the gum and bone tissue in this area following a tooth extraction. Offering additional benefits, this procedure can preserve the extraction site for a future dental implant and help maintain the natural contours of your jaw after tooth loss. Socket grafts at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are usually performed immediately following tooth extractions and involve the addition of bone grafting material to fill in the empty socket. This filling material can then help to stimulate the regrowth of new, natural, solid bone in the area. If you need to have a tooth removed, schedule a visit with board-certified oral surgery specialists Drs. Stephen DeMarco, Diego Miron, Timothy Adams, or Luis Delgado at our Albany, NY practice to learn more about preserving the health and structure of your jaw with a socket graft procedure.

Best Candidates

The jawbone has a natural tendency to deteriorate after a tooth is lost, which can lead to several complications for your oral health. Socket preservation may be an ideal solution if you require the extraction of a permanent tooth, especially if you are considering a dental implant to replace your extracted tooth. Implants need strong, healthy bone tissue in order to effectively replace missing teeth. Ridge preservation can help stave off the jawbone loss that often takes place after a tooth is removed and can prevent the need for an additional bone graft in the future. Before performing a tooth extraction at our Albany, NY practice, our skilled oral surgeons will talk with you about your oral health needs and goals and help you decide if a socket graft is right for you.

What to Expect

Socket preservation procedures at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are generally performed under local anesthesia. During your consultation, our team can discuss sedation dentistry options to help increase your comfort if needed. After your tooth is carefully extracted, we will begin the ridge preservation process by filling in the empty socket with bone grafting material. A biocompatible barrier mesh and sutures might then be placed to protect the area as it recovers. As your jaw heals, the material will encourage the regeneration of bone tissue in the area and fuse with the existing bone structure. This can provide a solid foundation and support for your jaw and your future dental implant. In some instances, a tooth extraction, socket preservation, and dental implant placement may all take place within the same visit.

Dr Delgado and team, it was an absolute pleasure. Thank you for the patience and care you took in performing my son’s surgery. Dr Delgado’s follow up call, post surgery, was something we least expected, this is service and care beyond measure. Your office staff and nurses are amazing. Definitely a well recommended oral surgeon and facility, if you are in need of oral surgery or care.

Y.J. Google

Words can't express my gratitude for the care that my son received from Dr. Delgado and his team. They created a caring, welcoming, and professional environment. They were non-judgemental and patient in answering my long list of questions, including the weird ones. I am impressed by their kindness and professionalism. The moment I noted the separate holders for the new pens and used pens, I understood why this place feels so special. Dr. Delgado, Kim, and Tracy (in alphabetical order) are exemplary healthcare professionals who pay attention to every detail.

S.C. Google

I went to see Dr. Delgado for a consultation. I needed three teeth removed. Dr. Delgado was very nice. He listened to my concerns about the surgery. He told me exactly what was going to be done and made sure I understood everything and took my concerns seriously. On the day or the surgery, I was really nervous. Both he and his staff helped to calm me down. Surgery went well. I healed well. I highly recommend Dr. Delgado. He is an excellent surgeon.

L.N. Google

Hands down the best experience I’ve ever had at a dental office in my life. I had a dental emergency and the Albany location got me right in. The staff and Dr. Morcos were amazing!

J.S. Google

This has to be by far the best experience i have ever had with a Dr./Dentist. After many issues with other facilities and told most places wouldn't see me till March and the amount of pain i was in i called the Albany location. They told me they would see me this week. I asked if there was any way they could get me in today as it was an emergency. They agreed and set a same day appointment. When i arrived a friendly face Davia was there to reassure me they would help and take care of my issues. Dr JONATHAN MORCOS was incredible and knew what needed to be done. He made arrangements to do the procedure i needed right there and then. By far i would recommend this practice to any family and friends and i will be sure to return for any other dental care needed. Thank you again James

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Specific recovery instructions will be provided by our team once your socket graft procedure is complete. You may feel some minor tenderness or swelling in the area that can often be managed with nonprescription pain relievers. We encourage you to get in touch with our Albany, NY team right away if you have lasting discomfort or believe the area may be infected. We may schedule a follow-up appointment at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons so that our oral surgeons can assess your recovery process or determine when your jaw is ready to receive a dental implant.

Insurance Coverage

Ridge preservation may be covered in part by your dental insurer. Before the day of your procedure, our financial staff will contact your insurance company to determine if any out-of-pocket costs are to be expected. To help make your socket graft procedure easier to afford, Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons accepts a variety of easy payment options, including low-interest financing.

Socket Preservation

When a tooth extraction becomes necessary, it is often important to fortify the jaw and area in the bone where the tooth roots once occupied. Socket preservation at Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons adds bone grafting material to the jaw immediately following tooth removal, preserving the structure for a future implant and maintaining the shape of the dental arch. For more on ridge preservation after a tooth extraction, contact our office in Albany, NY to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons.

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