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Timing of Implant Placement after Tooth Extraction

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Losing your teeth can occur naturally or by accident but, the dents left after such a loose can be hideous and embarrassing. There are several tooth replacement options to fill the voids left by tooth loss, and one such option is dental implants. Dental implants are artificial dental posts that are surgically affixed to a given dent created by a loss of teeth. The process of dental implant insertion usually involves assessment of the dentures, taking off your teeth impressions and creation of crowns to fill the gaps left by the missing teeth. Usually, impressions are made to measure the type of your teeth as well as their arrangement. It helps dentists create implants that not only fit into the gap left by the missing teeth but also form an implant that will be comfortable and functional enough for the patient.

There are quite some benefits for using dental implants. Firstly, dental implants can help improve teeth functionality in cases where eating is problematic due to the absence of several teeth. Secondly, implants can help boost one’s self-esteem by filling the otherwise hideous gaps and preventing the need for the use of embarrassing removable tooth replacers.

Ideal timings for dental implant placements

Now, different patients may require different services with regards to the provision of dental implants. Among other things, time plays a significant role in determining whether or not dental implants are ideal or not. For instance, the time it takes between losing a tooth and replacing it plays a major role in determining how effective or otherwise the replacement will be. The time it takes before you can replace a lost tooth depends on where the missing tooth is located, the quality of your bones and integrity of the supporting teeth.

 There are three necessary timelines for dental replacement including;

  • Immediate replacement. An immediate replacement is permissible if the extracted tooth is an incisor, canine or premolar (narrow rooted). The surroundings of the extracted tooth must also be healthy with no significant The success rate for this replacement is very high so long as it is done under the right circumstances. For immediate dental replacements, healing can take anything between three to six months after which the final crowning can be done.
  • Early implant placement. In case you want to replace a premolar that is multi-rooted or a molar, it is advisable to delay the replacement a little bit for about two months. It again is dependent on the health conditions of the surroundings. The delay necessitates healing of the location and makes it more acceptable for the implant. Early implant placement is especially recommended as such makes the implant success more predictable. This may also be appropriate in cases whereby the canines or incisors are wide rooted or when it is too risky to have an immediate replacement.
  • Delayed implant placement. An infection or gum disease will require implant placement to be delayed for up to about six months. Once a tooth in such a location is extracted, the area is cleaned, then grafted. Grafting is done to encourage the rebuilding of the site after which placement can be done.

It is important to note that, in a much as it may have been years since your extractions, dental implants can still be placed as long as you do not suffer any infections or gum diseases on the extraction area.  However, if it has taken you those years before considering dental implants, it is equally important to take into consideration a few things;

First is jawbone shrinkage. Usually, once you have naturally lost your first tooth, your bone density starts diminishing slowly. This continues over time, and therefore, jawbone shrinkage is expected. Thus, it is normal for your body to resorb the bones in the places where you have had extractions. In case this has occurred, it is only prudent to do grafting to restore the bone density in such areas. Grafting will ensure you have sufficient bone density necessary for placing the implants. If you undergo grafting, you will need a few more months for you to heal before undertaking the implant placement.

Another important consideration to take when it comes to implant placement is the type of implant desired. Here are two options to choose from including the snap-in dental implants and the screw in dental implants. Each has own advantageous and your choice should only be informed by your specific needs. Vita Family Dental Care provides a wide range of implants to choose.

Thirdly, your choice of dentist is also an important consideration. It is essential because your decision will determine the quality of service you will get. Therefore, unless you have money to waste around and are willing to undergo unsuccessful procedures, it will be prudent to look for one that is qualified and experienced in delivering such services. Other factors to consider include cost of service, expected success rate, and even your age as such will determine how efficient or otherwise the process will be.