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Dead bone?



Dec 14, 2018
If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know my sob story with tooth number 18. If not, the tldr is that I had a filling that never settled, two failed root canals, an extraction and two failed implants. Following the most recent implant removal, pain in the socket never went away. I went to the surgeon today and he opened the area and found what he described as “dead bone” right behind where the implant was. He scraped it out, sent a sample for a biopsy and used blood from my arm to inject a clot into the socket. He said he’s optimistic this will help, but has never seen anything quite like this (hence the biopsy to be safe). I’m REALLY freaked out about it and wondering if any dentists here have seen this in patients? He said it was a very, very small area (1-2cm) that was affected fwiw.


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Verified dentist
Oct 25, 2005
Yes, but there has been some clues in the previous medical history that healing would be a problem. Since I have no idea about yours I can't really say what's going on... but the failed implant might be a clue though, they're technically very exacting to place and sometimes even with perfect technique the bone can get slightly over heated and (guess what?) die back.