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October 13, 2016

Socket Preservation for the General Practitioner

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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • 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

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