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The Pontic-Shield: Partial Extraction Therapy for Implant Dentistry The Pontic-Shield: Partial Extraction Therapy for Implant Dentistry

Author(s):

Howard Gluckman, BDS, MChD;Maurice Salama, DMD;Jonathan Du Toit, BChD, Dipl Implantol, Dipl Oral Surg, MSc Dent

Date Added:

4/21/2016


Summary:

Augmentive ridge preservation techniques aim to manage the postextraction ridge. The partial extraction of teeth may better preserve the ridge form by maintaining the bundle bone-periodontal tissues and preserve the ridge beneath dentures or fixed prostheses. The socket-shield technique entails preparing a tooth root section simultaneous to immediate implant placement and has demonstrated histologic and clinical results contributory to esthetic implant treatment. A retrospective 10-patient case series treating 14 partial extraction sites demonstrates how a modification of the socket-shield technique can successfully develop pontic sites and preserve the ridge.

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