Tooth Socket Preservation is bone grafting of the space that was occupied by the tooth to prevent resorption or “melting” of the bone after the tooth is extracted. To fully understand the importance of this preservation procedure, it is important to understand the entire process. If you have to undergo a tooth extraction, it will need to be replaced in some way to prevent movement of your other teeth and retention of their overall form. One of the ways to properly perform this is with a dental implant. Before the process of replacing a tooth with a dental implant can begin, you must first fill the void left from the damaged extracted tooth’s roots. Tooth socket preservation accomplishes this by filling that space using a bone graft. Once that void has been filled, then Dr. De Andrade can place your dental implant permanently into your bone as part of the dental implant procedure.