Ridge Preservation Following Tooth Extraction Using an Absorbable Gelatin Sponge


Introduction: Socket grafting offers a predictable, simple way to conserve the buccolingual and mesiodistal dimensions of the future implant site, and various bone-grafting materials using various techniques have shown promising results. Aim: This case presentation describes the use of an absorbable gelatin sponge in the socket preservation procedure. Materials and Methods: A 47-year-old male patient presented for evaluation of the mandibular right premolar and molar area. The socket walls were scraped with curettes, the gelatin sponge was packed into the extraction socket, and the patient was later treated with dental implants by means of the flapless approach. The prosthesis functioned well without any probing depth or gingival inflammation up to the final evaluation. Discussion and Conclusions: This technique achieved maturation of soft tissue and preserved the width of the alveolar ridge. Therefore, it may be suggested that gelatin sponge is an option for the socket preservation procedure.


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