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Socket Preservation to Gain Socket Preservation to Gain

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD;Peter C. Shatz, DDS

Date Added:

1/1/0001


Summary:

Tooth loss not only poses difficulty in mastication, it also involves the probable resorption of alveolar bone due to a loss of function and stimulation from the periodontal ligament fibers (PDL). Bone grafting at the time of tooth removal provides bone quantity and quality for future placement of dental implant(s). The challenge during this procedure—referred to as socket preservation—is maintaining the graft in place as well as providing a final working area with sufficient keratinized tissue when surgical primary closure without the use of a barrier is not possible.

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