Course Description: Minimize bone loss by immediately inserting an implant into an extraction socket: true or false? Graft and wait three months? Dr. Stefan Fickl provides an illuminating lecture that explores major hard and soft tissue alterations following tooth removal and how best to treat these everyday occurrences.
Dr. Fickl, an international scholar and educator, explores different treatment approaches that are currently offered that limit dimensional changes post-extraction. While there are obvious advantages to immediate implant placement following tooth removal, inserting an implant into an extraction socket does not seem to change biological behaviour that can still lead to postoperative recession of the mid-facial gingiva. This is especially true in high-risk patients
So what to do? Graft or insert an implant? If grafting, which materials yield the best results? Are the results anecdotal or evidence-based? Dr. Fickl discusses various techniques and materials that are presently used in socket preservation, including their advantages and disadvantages.
Course Objectives: After completing this course the participant should be able to:
Have a better understanding of the wound healing of recent extraction sites
Better understand current concepts using graft materials in extraction sockets
Understand how recent scientific evidence can affect clinical outcomes and improve implant results.