With the aim of achieving an optimal esthetic result in implant dentistry, special care is being taken to focus on the details that would lead to this objective. These details may include imitating the natural teeth, by harmonizing the structures around the placed implant. The prosthetic and/or surgical parts of the procedure should be performed to reach an optimal outcome. In order to minimize the resorption of hard and soft tissue, that exists around the newly extracted tooth – to create a natural emergence profile of implant born prosthesis – socket preservation procedures were introduced, however, in case of ridge deficiencies, hard and soft tissue augmentation procedure are indicated. Several approaches have been described in the literature to overcome the complications of alveolar ridge resorption and to preserve the ridge like hard and soft tissue augmentation with GBR, bone substitutes with or without immediate implant placement. An ideal method should always be cost effective and minimally invasive. In this paper, we will present case report using a new approach in socket ridge preservation, which is the socket shield technique (partial root retention).
Immediate implant; Socket-shield technique; alveolar ridge resorption