This lecture describes the dynamics of the post-extraction socket along with changes affecting the soft and hard tissues, with a focus on the esthetic zone. The impact of these changes is critical for the decision-making process, especially in regard to the timing of implant placement and the manipulation of the healing tissues. Determinants of successful and poorer outcomes are also discussed, including a review of relevant literature and presentation of contemporary research, as illustrated by a series of clinical cases.
At the end of this Congress Lecture you should be able to…
describe the socket healing process
discuss the implications of socket healing on the timing of implant placement
discuss the implications of socket healing on ridge maintenance procedures