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Tooth Socket Preservation in Rockford, Dixon, Janesville, and Madison

Although the loss or extraction of a tooth is never ideal, there are times when tooth extraction is either unavoidable or will provide the best possible outcome for your case. Teeth may need to be extracted for a variety of reasons, such as teeth that have become excessively decayed or damaged or teeth that have become infected. Tooth extraction may also be performed due to overcrowding or for patients who have hyperdontia (additional teeth than what is normal). One of the most common tooth extractions that occur are the removal of wisdom teeth, which are typically removed when the patient reaches the ages of 17-25. Children who are getting fitted for braces may also require teeth to be extracted in order to make room for their teeth to grow in straight.

Regardless of the reason, once a tooth has been extracted or lost, there is a small hole or socket where the tooth was. The moment a tooth is removed from this socket, the surrounding bone begins to degenerate, which can eventually result in significant loss of bone material that will prevent the placement of a dental implant and cause surrounding teeth to move out of alignment. To help prevent this from happening, many periodontists will perform socket preservation following a tooth extraction. Socket preservation involves placing a bone graft in the socket to preserve the structural integrity of your jawbone. Tooth socket preservation also reduces your risk of developing a dry socket, which can form when the nerve beneath the healing area is exposed.

With over 60,000 dental surgeries performed and over 20,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment, or if you have any additional questions concerning the tooth socket preservation procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, or our Madison office at 608.416.5205.

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Rockford, ILLINOIS

1055 Featherstone Road, Suite B
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 261-1739
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629 North Galena Avenue, Suite 230
Dixon, IL 61201
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111 North Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545
(608) 208-1576
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5709 Odana Rd
Madison, WI 53719
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Dr. Lindman is a native of Rockford. Dr. Lindman received his professional degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. His graduate training in periodontics was completed at Northwestern University College of Dentistry Where he received a Certificate Degree in Periodontics and a Master of Science degree.


Dr. Burch grew up in Villa Park, IL. Dr. Burch attended Eastern Illinois University, where he majored in Biochemistry. Dr. Burch earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  He received his Certificate Degree in Periodontics and Master of Science from Saint Louis University.


Dr. Hull grew up in Monmouth, IL. Dr. Hull earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University and his Certificate in Periodontics from Saint Louis University, Department of Periodontics. While at Saint Louis University, Dr. Hull completed an anesthesia program and uses sedation and pain control techniques in his practice.


Dr. Andreasen grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Clemson University. She attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Andreasen continued there to complete a residency in Periodontics and earned a Master of Science in Dentistry.


Dr. Novin Pishevar grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health with a focus on aging populations from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. After college, Dr. Pishevar received his dental education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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What to Expect During the Tooth Socket Preservation Process

Prior to performing a tooth socket preservation procedure, we will conduct an in-depth dental and medical health history review and perform a thorough examination to measure your bite and look for signs of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer screening, and other signs of periodontal disease.

The tooth socket preservation process is typically preceded by the extraction of a tooth. Tooth extraction typically begins with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Following this, dental tools are used to elevate the tooth from the socket. Once elevated, forceps are used to grasp and pull the tooth. Once the tooth is extracted, the tooth socket preservation process will begin with placement of the graft in the socket. Once properly positioned, a collagen membrane is placed on top of the graft and the area is either left exposed or sutured shut. Though not always the case, many times a tooth extraction will be followed with the placement of a dental implant or dental implants. The dental implant process will typically be performed on a separate dental visit to allow the area of the tooth extraction to heal.

Aftercare Following Tooth Socket Preservation

The healing process following a tooth extraction and tooth socket preservation typically takes between 7-10 days. To minimize post-procedural risks and ensure a speedy recovery, follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist.

  • Leave the gauze pad in place for three to four hours.
  • To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
  • To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
  • Do not spit, rinse, or use a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth for the first 24 hours, but resume normal brushing and flossing following this time period, being careful to avoid the extraction site when you do.
  • Eat soft foods, such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup for the first week.

If you follow these general guidelines and any additional post-operative instructions provided, you should enjoy a quick recovery process

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Cost of Tooth Socket Preservation

The cost of tooth socket preservation will depend on several factors, such as whether or not dental sedation is used, how many teeth are extracted and require tooth socket preservation, how many visits are required to complete the procedure, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.

If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.

Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.

Periodontal Care You Can Trust at Featherstone

At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing high-quality care and supporting your efforts to enjoy good periodontal health by identifying and correcting periodontal issues early, and implementing correct and consistent oral health self-care.  Although we offer a range of surgical treatment options for periodontal disease and its associated health and cosmetic impacts, our primary focus is to provide conservative treatment, avoiding surgery whenever possible.

To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, or our Madison office at 608.416.5205.