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October 13, 2016
By Terry L. Work, DMD
Supported by KaVo Dental
There are numerous benefits to incorporating socket preservation into a general dental practice. This article describes the different materials necessary for the procedure and shows step-by-step photographs of the process. It discusses proper case selection and treatment recommendations, describes classes of bony defects, and outlines postoperative follow-up. It also explains the importance of atraumatic tooth removal and defines the stages of socket healing. In addition, the article includes a discussion of the different grafting materials used, including their pros and cons, as well as the various types of membranes and their uses. Incorporation of socket grafting into a general dental practice is also discussed, outlining advantages for both patient and practitioner.
Identify cases that are good candidates for socket preservation
Discuss the importance of atraumatic tooth extractions
Delineate the materials that can be used to perform socket preservation
Explain how to implement socket preservation into a general dental practice
About the Author
Terry L. Work
Private Practice, Scottsdale, Arizona