Alveolar ridge preservation techniques in post-extraction sockets

Expiry Date
: 01/04/2026
CPD Units
: 3.00 Points
: 3/4

Techniques for preserving alveolar bone in post-extraction sockets for functional and aesthetic prosthetic reconstructions

Keywords: Alveolar ridge, bone loss, tooth socket augmentation, bone preservation, post extraction socket, dental implant.

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Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this literature review is to discuss several bone preservation techniques and materials to minimize post-extraction loss of hard and soft tissues.

Editor's comments:
Extraction of teeth result in progressive bone loss during the first 3-6 months. Bone resorption following extraction of a tooth results in 29-63% loss of vertical and horizontal dimension of the alveolar ridge. Therefore, preservation of alveolar ridge dimensions and bone architecture are essential to obtain optimal functional and aesthetic prosthetic reconstructions.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. Biology of the alveolar bone and the physiologic process of resorption following extraction of a tooth.
  2. Various techniques and materials for preserving alveolar bone in post-extraction sockets.
  3. The role of atraumatic extraction and soft tissue augmentation in alveolar bone preservation.

    Instructions for this Module

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