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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58-62

Socket-shield technique for immediate implant placement with immediate and delayed loading method: Two case reports

1 Dental Centre, INHS Kalyani, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Division of Periodontology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Oliver Jacob
Dental Centre, INHS Kalyani, Gandhigram PO, Visakhapatnam - 530 005, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdi.jdi_35_20

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Immediate implant placement is becoming a routine procedure in esthetic dentistry. The need for placing the implant immediately post extraction helps reduce the alveolar ridge resorption and also maintain good soft-tissue contours post placing the implant and during rehabilitation. However, a cause of concern occurs when the buccal cortical plate is thin, especially in the upper anterior region. This poses a direct implication in the maintenance of primary stability and buccal contour of both hard and soft tissues, thus compromising esthetics. The socket-shield technique (SST) is a recent advancement in placing immediate implant post extraction. The maintenance of the buccal root section helps retain both the compromised buccal cortical plate and soft-tissue contour, thus providing a better esthetic profile. In view of the same, two patients were provided immediate implants with SST; one with immediate loading of implant and other with delayed loading method, and postoperative radiographic analysis was carried out to evaluate bone density around the implant.

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