What about outcomes for these patients for Socket Shielding?
This patient has been in periodontal maintenance therapy in my practice for 32 years. He has had extensive gingival recession for many years. About 10 years ago we extracted his lower anteriors and did a cement retained fixed partial denture.
My question to the Dental XP community is what if I would have done a socket shield technique from 6-11 when this patient was in his early 20's when he probably didn't have recession at the level he has now.? Would there be titanium showing on the buccal of 6-11 and what if anything could I do about it?
This is my concern with the procedure. The socket shields posted on Dental XP look great now but give the patient 30-40 years of wear and tear on the periodontium and what will these cases look like then?