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Webinar: Socket Shield - Understanding Why and When

21 October 2020

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Presented by: Yusuf Alshafi
Host: Shushil Dattani
Date: 21 October 2020
Time: 19:00

In order to improve the outcomes of implant treatments in highly aesthetic areas and to prevent ridge collapse post extraction, a number of techniques have been proposed and developed over the years.  More recently, the concept of ‘socket shield’ or ‘root membrane’ treatment has been growing in popularity and shown great results.

Some may feel indefinitely leaving a root fragment adjacent to an implant is bound to cause problems, but the evidence in the literature shows otherwise.

In this presentation, Yusuf will describe the rationale of such a treatment and explore the types of cases where it can have the biggest impact. He will also be touching on the longitudinal studies and what is happening on a histological level. 

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the concept of socket shield and why it is done 
  • To understand the different types of socket shield treatments (partial extraction therapies) 
  • To be aware of the significance of correct case selection for these treatments 
  • To appreciate the evidence in the literature around this topic 


Yusuf qualified from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Dental Institute and spent a year as a Senior House Officer at Guy’s Hospital in the Oral Surgery and Restorative departments. More recently he has completed an MSc in oral surgery and implant dentistry with the thesis focusing on Socket Shield. He is also a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. 

Over the last 10 years, he has completed numerous postgraduate courses in implant dentistry in the UK and internationally, which has helped develop his experience in the most advanced dental implant treatments and the latest techniques. 

Yusuf currently takes on implant referrals in multiple practices in London and the South East, including complex case referrals from other implant dentists. He hasnow mentored a number of dentists starting out in the field of implant dentistry and thoroughly enjoys teaching a subject he is passionate about.

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