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Alveolar ridge preservation with bone graft may limit physiological ridge loss after tooth extraction

Linda L. Cheng, DDS, FAGD, ABGD .


Systematic Review Conclusion

Alveolar ridge preservation (ARP) with bone graft may minimize physiological ridge reduction as compared with tooth extraction alone.

Critical Summary Assessment

The results of this well-conducted systematic review (SR) of 8 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) of low methodological quality suggest that ARP via socket filling with flap elevation, membrane usage, and application of xenograft or allograft may be effective, especially in the preservation of midbuccal and midlingual height.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019