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Second Molar Dental Implant #18 with Extraction and Bone Graft

A failing root canal caused this.  The root canal was leaking and not done so well to big with.  This is a lower second molar #18.  The opposite side would be tooth #31.  This is typically the last molar in the mouth on the bottom jaw.

Failing Root Canal
Failing Root Canal with Infection -3D scan

 

Diagnosis:

  • #18 molar pain when biting, crown loose, infection
  • Poorly done root canal
  • Vertical crack

Difficulties:

  • Second molar restricted mouth access and longer implant needed if immediate can be done (told him 50/50 chance of immediate)  Other option is a socket bone graft and come back a few months later.
  • Minimal  bone to engage to immediate implant
  • Infection at the apex of the failed root canal.
  • Fearful patient!
Confirm Angle of Implant with drill

Treatment:

I will allow the implant to heal for 4 months, then I will make a custom abutment crown with ideal contours to prevent bone loss in the future.

Doing an immediate molar saved this patient at least $500 and did not lower the chance of success.

Ramsey A. Amin, D.D.S.
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology /Implant Dentistry
Fellow-American Academy of Implant Dentistry

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