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Root Canals Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
I have an infected tooth (#30) which had a root canal and crown several years ago.

This infection does not seem to go away, even after taking 2 different types of antibiotics. I have been told that I should extract the tooth and replace it with an implant.

Is it wise to start the implant process the same day I extract the tooth, or should I give it time to heal the gum tissue and bone before the first stage of the implant takes place? ...Visitor from TX

Answer:
I agree with giving up on this tooth.

When a traditional implant is placed, it is usually done at the same time as the extraction. The dentist can do bone grafting if more support is needed for the implant.

This is easier on the patient, since it involves only one procedure and the bone graft heals as the extraction site does.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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