Keywords : Socket healing
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 1887-1894
Changes in alveolar ridge in terms of volume, height and morphological features tend to be clinically significant and may result in difficulty for the placement of a conventional bridge or an implant-supported crown. Bone deformities or resorption from tooth removal can be prevented by a procedure called socket preservation. Studies have discussed the rationale of performing socket preservation as a therapeutic procedure following tooth extraction which includes the procedure done during or after the removal of tooth in order to reduce the risk of external ridge resorption and increase the formation of bone with the socket. This study aims to evaluate the site predilection for socket preservation in maxillary and mandibular anterior teeth following extraction. It is a retrospective study conducted by reviewing 86,000 patient case records of the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India. A total of 25 consecutive case records of patients for a period of October 2019 to March 2020 with signed informed consent were selected from the Departments of Prosthodontics and Implantology based on the inclusion criteria of patients who have undergone socket preservation procedure indicated for implant placement. Information such as patient’s name, patient’s identification number (PID), age, gender and area of socket preservation were retrieved from the patients’ case records. Datas were entered in Excel and analyzed using SPSS software version 23.0. Descriptive analysis was done for the assessment of age, gender and area of socket preservation. Chi-square test was used to evaluate the association of socket preservation with age and gender. Significant level test was set at less than or equal to 0.05 (p≤0.05). In this study, higher prevalence of socket preservation was seen in the upper anterior region (60%) than the other sites. Most cases of socket preservation were seen in males (80%) as compared to females (20%). Socket preservation was done mainly in individuals within the 21-30 years age group.Within the limits of the study, socket preservation is done mainly in individuals within the 21-30 years age group with higher predilection in males compared to females. Most of the socket preservation procedures are done in the upper anterior region, followed by upper posterior, both upper anterior and posterior and lower posterior. However, there is no significant association between the area of socket preservation with age and gender.