Published online Aug 28, 2021. doi: 10.13105/wjma.v9.i4.333
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: 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.