Every dentist is confronted on a daily basis with the question of what to do with extraction sockets. Millions of extractions are performed worldwide, and no clear strategies and indications regarding ridge preservation are available. Strategies for handling of extraction sockets involve either attempts to preserve hard and soft tissues or attempts to optimize hard and soft tissues by grafting procedures. Different therapies will be evaluated based on new techniques for evaluating volume changes over time. The advantages and the limitations of different techniques will be discussed. Future possibilities for regenerating hard and soft tissues by means of new matrices and bioactive molecules will be presented, as will new carrier systems that allow a reduction in the dosages of growth factors and may help these future techniques to enter into daily practice. Based on an overall comparison of the different techniques available for hard and soft tissue preservation, clinical strategies for various situations will be defined.
Ronald E. Jung, PD, Dr med dent, is trained in oral surgery, prosthodontics, and implant therapy. He is currently associate professor and vice chairman of the Department of Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Material Sciences at the University of Zürich in Switzerland. In 2006 he worked as a visiting associate professor at the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Heath Science Center at San Antonio. He is an accomplished and internationally renowned lecturer and researcher best known for his work in the field of hard and soft tissue management in implant dentistry and his research on new technologies for tissue regeneration.
Approximate Running Time: 60 minutes