Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Thomas Waldrop


AIM: Extraction of a tooth can lead to alveolar ridge resorption which can be minimized by socket preservation. The aim of this study is to analyze vertical and horizontal alveolar ridge dimensions clinically and by CBCT immediately following extraction and 3-4 months following socket preservation. METHODS: The preserved group (P) consisted of 20 patients with1-2 non-molar teeth requiring extraction with socket preservation, while the control group (C) consisted of 5 patients requiring extraction alone. An acrylic stent was fabricated presurgically in order to measure vertical and horizontal ridge dimensions clinically and radiographically immediately following extraction and 3-4 months following socket preservation. RESULTS: Overall, P sites gained ridge height and lost minimal ridge width over 3-4 months, while C sites lost both ridge height and width. Preserved sites in which the teeth were extracted due to caries had the most significant gain in the radiographic vertical occlusal dimension (RVO). Overall, high correlations were found between the clinical and radiographic measurements at the initial surgery and at the 3-4 month follow up. CONCLUSIONS: The preserved group had minimal ridge resorption and more socket bony fill when compared to the non-preserved group 3-4 months following tooth extraction, especially when the tooth was extracted due to caries. Additionally, the CBCT can be a useful diagnostic tool to evaluate socket preservation healing, as it compares well to clinical assessments of socket healing.


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VCU University Archives

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VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

May 2011

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