Socket preservation or alveolar ridge preservation (ARP) is a necessary procedure to minimize boneless following tooth extraction to preserve the dental alveolus (tooth socket) in the alveolar bone. Bone grafting material (autograft, allograft, or xenograft) is placed into the socket of an extracted tooth at the time of extraction. The socket is then directly closed with sutures or covered with a non-resorbable or resorbable membrane and sutured. The socket preservation procedure limits immediate bone resorption after extraction thus maintaining the contour and integrity of the socket resulting in a natural appearance and more strength for tooth restorative procedures.