Q: I recently had a tooth removed. I have gum recession where the tooth was removed. Can a periodontist build that back up so I can get an implant?
A: Typically, when we extract teeth we do an immediate bone graft and laser procedure (socket preservation) around the extraction socket. If a patient has not had a socket preservation done, then an evaluation for a secondary procedure or possibly more would be necessary to build up the area for a future implant.