“Socket shield” for dental implants is a hot topic. It’s part of a greater group of procedures called “partial extraction therapy.” Basically part of your tooth is kept rather than extracting your entire tooth!! It may sound weird to you to keep part of a tooth that is getting extracted, but it has its merits.
This has some unusual benefits especially in the upper front teeth. If you’re having this procedure done this is definitely worth watching. I also explain why keeping bad roots can be important!
Sometimes it is better not to extract teeth right away!!
Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry