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World J Meta-Anal. Aug 28, 2021; 9(4): 333-341
Published online Aug 28, 2021. doi: 10.13105/wjma.v9.i4.333
Fate of root shell after pontic/socket shield techniques, is it better to extract the whole tooth?
Amit Arvind Agrawal
Amit Arvind Agrawal, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, MGV’s KBH Dental College and Hospital, Nasik 422002, Maharashtra, India
Author contributions: Agrawal AA has solely contributed to this paper in all aspects.
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Corresponding author: Amit Arvind Agrawal, MDS, MPhil, Professor, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, MGV’s KBH Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai-Agra Road, Panchavati, Nasik 422002, Maharashtra, India. agrodent@rediffmail.com
Received: March 27, 2021
Peer-review started: March 27, 2021
First decision: June 15, 2021
Revised: July 1, 2021
Accepted: September 1, 2021
Article in press: September 1, 2021
Published online: August 28, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: The phrase ‘prevention is better than cure’ holds very true when it comes to alveolar ridge resorption. A significant bone is lost within 3 mo after extraction of the whole tooth. Socket/pontic shield techniques can preserve the alveolar bone and prevent a lot of surgical and economic burden to the patient in restoring what could have been saved in a very economical and natural way. Although these procedures are technique sensitive, clinicians must expertise in these techniques, since preserving what can be preserved is not only scientifically desirable but also ethically advisable.