Lower Molar: Surgical Extraction and Implant Placement at Same Time?

Last Updated February 04, 2008
Reviewed By:  OsseoNews Team

Dr. C. asks:
I have a patient who would like a dental implant to replace a lower molar. The distal root of the tooth has been removed, but a surgical extraction will be required to remove what is left of the mesial root. There is plenty of bone distally to place an implant. Can the surgical extraction be done at the same time as preparing the implant site and placing the implant? Or should the root be removed first and the site allowed to heal before implant placement?


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