Removing a Retained Root: Technique and Procedure?

Case Posted By:  Dr. Daniel Gober

This patient presents to your office asking to replace missing teeth # 12-14 with dental implants. During your pre-surgical evaluation, you observe the presence of a (relatively large) retained root in site #12. A CBCT was taken to identify its location relative to the buccal plate.

What surgical technique will you employ to access and remove the retained root? What, if any, regenerative procedures would you perform after the fact? In the event that your plan was executed to perfection, would you consider placing an immediate implant at the time of root retrieval?

Look forward to hearing everyone’s input!