A residual granuloma in association with a dental implant

Michael Scott McCracken, Ramakiran V. Chavali, Nasser Said Al-Naief, Paul D. Eleazer

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At times, dental implants are placed into sites with a history of periapical pathology. Sometimes the infection is active, and other times the tooth may have been extracted years before implant placement. In either case, the possibility exists for long-term residual cysts or infections that can negatively impact the prognosis of the implant. In this case report, an implant is placed into a healed mandibular ridge several months after extraction of the tooth. A radiolucency was noted on routine radiographic examination 2 years later. Surgical inspection and histology revealed a periapical granuloma with acute and chronic inflammatory cells. After surgical curettage of the site, the patient healed without complication. Implants may develop apical pathology as a result of a preexisting long-term residual infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalImplant Dentistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012


  • granuloma
  • implant
  • infection
  • radiolucency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery

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    McCracken, M. S., Chavali, R. V., Al-Naief, N. S., & Eleazer, P. D. (2012). A residual granuloma in association with a dental implant. Implant Dentistry, 21(2), 87-90. https://doi.org/10.1097/ID.0b013e31824c2b52