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A 30-year-old female asked:

If my tooth decayed very deeply to the core, would i need a bone graft in order to get a partial denture applied on top?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 45 years experience
Maybe: Bone grafts after extraction (socket preservation) will maintain more bone below the partial denture. You have to weigh the perceived advantages with the cost. Discuss with your DDS.
Dr. Robert Douglas
Orthodontics 51 years experience
No: First the tooth must be extracted.Unless an unusually large amount of bone must be removed from the alveolar ridge in order to remove the tooth, your dentist can place a partial denture either immediately or after a healing period. Of course your remaining teeth would have to be healthy and capable of retaining the new partial. Consult with your dentist.

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