by Peter K. Moy, DMD and Baldwin W. Marchack, DDS, MBA, FAGD, FICD, FACD
A 60-year-old man presented with a 10-mm pocket on the distal aspect of his left mandibular molar. A nonsmoker, he had no positive medical history relevant to his dental treatment. Clinical examination along with radiographic evaluation confirmed that the root canal filling had failed, and the tooth had fractured. The patient elected for implant treatment, to be delivered in a staged approach, with immediate temporization.