In a recent article in the Journal of Oral Implantology, the success rate of immediate placed implants in infected areas was evaluated. When evaluating a site for implant placement, the site may have an infection. The infection could be due to a failed root canal, advanced dental decay, trauma, periodontal disease, etc. It has been the concern of implant surgeons if these infections make the failure rate of implants higher. If that were the case, delayed implant placement may be preferred.
In this article surgeons describe a case of an anterior tooth that had failed due to failed root canal. It was thought that the tooth had split. There was a resultant infection that lead to significant bone loss. The surgeon removed the tooth, placed the implant, and preformed a major bone graft in one surgical session. The final crown was place a few months later.
Every tooth or site has it’s unique problems. You will want to discuss your desires and the difficulty or your case with an experienced implant surgeon. John Freeman MD, DDS, FACS has been placing immediate dental implants for over ten years. Contact his office today for an implant consult.