Can infection from dental abscess prevent socket graft and delay bone graft until after extracted tooth heals?
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Grafting and infection
Implants are an excellent treatment option that we can offer to our patients, however you as a patient have to be patient, because it takes some time. Good luck!
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Grafting at the time infected tooth is extracted.
The effect of a dental abscess on the placement of a bone graft
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Infected tooth and bone graft
There are different ways of achieving the final result (replacing your tooth with an implant)
Personally, I start the patient on Antibiotics 3 days before the extraction. extract the tooth and clean the tooth socket and bone graft and continue my patients on antibiotics for another 7 days This is how I was trained.
There are recent reports that other doctors are extracting and placing implants at the same time even if the tooth has infection.
Others, extract, wait for 6 weeks of tissue healing and resolution of infection, go back and bone graft or place the implant.
All these are well documented in the literature.
And your treatment will depend on , your surgeon's training, his/ her comfort level as each approach has it's pros and cons.
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