We have the ability to regenerate bone when needed. Socket preservation can repair sites with inadequate bone structure and allows more patients to become implant candidates.
Dr. Akin has developed, and teaches other specialists, techniques to provide immediate tooth replacement with temporaries placed on the dental implant the same day.
Following is an excerpt from Dr. Akin's August 2014 publication titled Immediate Provisionalization: A Surgeon's Perspective.
"As the sophistication of dental implant treatment protocols and alveolar grafting continue to progress, our specialty remains positioned to provide the most comprehensive treatment modalities in reconstructive dentistry. Our broad surgical training gives us tremendous advantages when implementing and applying new treatment modalities. Often the new techniques that are developed within our specialty are adopted quickly through specialty specific journals and meetings. ... While the pioneers in our specialty continue to push the limits of what is possible for our patients, we should not overlook the usefulness of elegant approaches to enhance the dental-implant process."
See also: Richard Akin, DDS, MD August 2014 Selected Readings in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery