Step 1:

Separate molar roots at the furcation without compromising the integrity of the septum. Perform atraumatic mesial and distal root extraction. Degranulate tissue to expose septum area.


Step 2:

Use a pilot drill that is 1.3 mm -1.5 mm, in clockwise mode, in the center of the septum to a depth that is 1 mm deeper than the planned implant length.


Step 3:

Depending upon the implant type and diameter, follow the corresponding Implant System Drilling Protocol starting with the smallest Densah® Bur to 1 mm deeper than the intended implant length. Run the Densah® Burs in OD mode (counterclockwise, drill speed 800-1500 rpm with copious irrigation). Use the subsequent Densah® Burs in smaller increments to increase bone plasticity and to expand the osteotomy. For example, use Densah® Bur (2.0) after the pilot then expand with Densah® Bur (2.3) then move to Densah® Bur (2.5) before introducing the Densah® Bur (3.0). As it is in ridge expansion cases with Osseodensification, you may over-expand the osteotomy so the last Densah® Bur diameter is slightly larger than the planned implant major diameter. As the bur diameter increases, the bone expands to reach the final osteotomy diameter.


Step 4:

Implant placement should be either at the crest level or sub-crest level depending on its connection type.


Step 5:

Fill the gap with a bone graft material if needed; preferably an allograft with a 70/30 cancellous/cortical ratio. Seal the gap with biologics or a collagen plug and a large healing abutment and possibly place interrupted suture on top.


Step 6:

Assess healing and soft tissue closure 6-8 weeks post placement.

Case courtesy of Dr. Samvel Bleyan

* Data on file, visit for Molar Septum Expansion studies

 ** Clinician judgement and experience should be applied in conjunction with this clinical practice suggestive use protocol


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