Immediate implant placement is becoming a popular treatment option. However, no bone graft materials have been able to show that bone integration occurs in the areas of the implant that have been grafted. A failure of integration in areas not in contact with the patient’s bone often leads to bone defects around the coronal portion of the implant, with an increase in peri-implantitis. Socket Graft™ is the only implant proven to produce implant integration at the grafted site.
The following case provides proof of this principal. A patient who had type 1 diabetes required good mastication to help stabilize her glucose levels. She was diagnosed with a functioning but failing lower right bridge. The patient was scheduled for removal of the bridge and placement of implants. However, when she presented for surgery, her lower left implant and the adjacent bicuspid had failed. The patient insisted that the left side be treated first so that she could continue to chew on her lower right bridge. The decision was made to remove the lower left implant and bicuspid and place immediate implants. Please review the following case and see how the properties of Socket Graft™ facilitated immediate implant placement with no bone contact.