Graft and Implant in One Step or Graft and Wait?

Last Updated February 10, 2020
Reviewed By:  Dr. Peter Hunt

I have a 35-year old female patient missing #9. She is wearing bridge #8,9,10. Bridge has debonded multiple times. Treatment plan is to place an implant in #9 site and crowns with posts for #8 and #10. Available bone for #9 is 3.8mm at crest. My plan is to graft #9 and after 6 months placement of implant. My questions are:
1. What is preferable in this case: to graft and implant in one step or first graft and placement of implant after 6 months?
2. I want to learn more about flapless graft techniques and releasing incisions after graft. Can someone post comments about that technique and applicability to the current case?

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