The implantology enters more and more intensively into the contemporary dental practices. Immediate implant placement is widespread procedure in implant dentistry. Various alveolar ridge preservation procedures and combinations of different techniques have been described. Besides shortening the duration of treatment, preserving the alveolar ridge is one of the primary goals of immediate implant placement. The strategy of retaining the buccal root fragment of the extracted tooth in combination with immediate implant placement may prove to be an effective means of alveolar ridge preservation. The revolutionary socket-shield technique was introduced in 2010 and entails preparing a tooth root section simultaneous to immediate implant placement.
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