Space Around Coronal Half: Graft or Not?

Last Updated October 08, 2007

Dr. P. asks:

I extracted #9 and immediately placed a 4.3x13mm NobelBiocare Tapered Groovy implant fixture. I surgically extracted #9 and troughed the bone circumferentially around the extraction site. The patient was healthy and there was no evidence of periapical pathology. The tooth previously had root canal treatment. I torqued the implant down to 35Ncm. I had a space around the coronal half of the implant of 1-4mm. Should I have grafted this space or should I have left it open? Will this space fill in?

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