When there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted — or removed — from its socket in the bone. Socket preservation is a procedure to reduce bone loss after tooth extraction to preserve the dental alveolus (tooth socket). After extraction, jaw bone has to be preserved to keep the socket in its original shape. Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient surgery performed in stages: Your damaged tooth is removed. Your jawbone is prepared for surgery, a process that may involve bone grafting. After your jawbone heals, your oral surgeon places the dental implant metal post in your jawbone.