Dental practitioners are often caught in a dilemma when they have to decide between immediate and early implant placement after tooth extraction. It is prudent to plan early implant placement when the morphology of the sight prevents an optimal immediate implant placement, or a thin soft tissue biotype; also, a thin bone wall phenotype would make the implant therapy unpredictable due to the resorption of the buccal bony plate. Mature wound closure and a compensatory soft tissue thickening at 6–8 weeks combined with contour augmentation makes implant placement more predictable. The early implant placement is also recommended in the case of inflammation of the bone, for example, apical periodontitis associated with the extracted tooth.2–4  This is in line with the definition of type 2 implant placement protocol proposed at the 3rd ITI Consensus Conference in 2003, which refers to the placement of an implant after...

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