Lucy, a dental implant patient asks us:
I am a patient and was given two different opinions about treatment. I am having my molar extracted, tooth grafted and a dental implant placed.
There is an infection in the area. The first opinion I received was of having the dental implant done immediately, as the dentist goes in, does the extraction and grafts. The second opinion was to do the extraction, graft and then wait for the infection to heal before putting the dental implant in. What do you suggest is the best way? Should I wait for the area to heal, or should the dental implant be done right away and why? What are the pros and cons? What is the success rate in each case? Is there statistical data to support this?