Post-Extraction Healing and Implications for Implant Therapy

Once a tooth is extracted, the socket goes through a dynamic sequence of physiologic events to enable the site to heal by formation of a mucosal barrier and bone regeneration within the socket. At the same time, dimensional changes take place that result in a reduction in bone volume at the site. These changes have a significant impact on subsequent therapy to replace the missing tooth with an implant prosthesis. This Learning Pathway will review the biological processes and dimensional changes of wound healing after tooth extraction, and will outline the techniques for managing tooth extraction as carefully as possible.

On completion of this Learning Pathway you should be able to...

  • describe the biological processes and the hard and soft tissue dimensional changes that take place after tooth extraction
  • outline the implications of post-extraction resorption on subsequent implant therapy
  • list the techniques for minimally traumatic tooth extraction
Publication date: Sep 29, 2015 Last review date: Sep 23, 2020 Next review date: Sep 23, 2023
  • Anatomy & Biological Principles
  • Bone Remodeling
  • English
  • Introduction to Implant Dentistry
  • Languages
  • Pathway
  • Placement Protocols
  • Surgery
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Treatment Planning

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