Article: Volume 46 Number 2 Page 151 - February 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 151-156

Prosthodontics:  Management of the Extraction Socket and Alveolar Ridge Preservation

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Abstract: An understanding of the changes which occur to the alveolar ridge following an extraction are important in the era of dental implants, and these changes can have a huge impact on the simplicity and invasiveness of dental implant treatment. It has been demonstrated that certain techniques and materials, utilized at the time of extraction, can modify the changes in the alveolar ridge, allowing idealized implant placement with minimal surgical interventions. Techniques for and evidence supporting alveolar ridge preservation (ARP) are presented.

Clinical relevance: Dentists and specialists providing implant treatment, and referring patients for treatment, must be aware of implications of extraction and the resulting ridge volume loss.

Author notes: William Anderson, BSc, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), Specialty Registrar, Restorative Dentistry, Aberdeen Dental School and Hospital, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZR and Andrew Pye, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), MSc, FDS(Rest Dent) RCS(Glas), Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Dundee Dental Hospital and School DD1 4HR, UK.

Objective: To describe the changes which occur to the alveolar ridge following extraction as well as the supporting evidence for GBR techniques to preserve ridge dimensions.


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