Dental implants are modern medicine’s permanent answer for lost teeth. Although there is no perfect substitute for a natural tooth, after centuries of man’s ingenuity we can say that contemporary implants are the best solution for replacing teeth and all their functionality.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is specifically the replacement for the root of your tooth. However, with the crown of our teeth being the first thing we think of in a tooth’s anatomy, conversationally we’re usually referring to all three components of the implant: crown, abutment and the implant.
Depending on the nature of the original tooth coming out, placement of the implant can be immediate, early or delayed. In this article, we’re going to discuss when you might need an immediate implant placement.
When is immediate dental implantation recommended?
Immediate placement of a dental implant requires surgical intervention, where the implant is built into the bone tissue right after the extraction of your tooth. The reasons for immediate intervention vary from patient to patient, however there are a few commonalities. Regular cases requiring immediate replacement include: damaged teeth that can’t be restored appropriately, traumatic tooth loss with minimal damage to bone or soft tissues, and the inability of endodontic treatment.
Are there cases to avoid immediate dental implant placement?
If the part of the gums where your implant is needed is inflamed, your dentist will probably avoid placing the implant. In other cases, if the trauma behind the tooth loss caused a problematic bone deficit or loss to soft tissue, typically you’ll have to wait before implantation. Your dentist will keep these indications and others in mind, and consult with you on how best to get your full smile back in shape.
What about delayed implantation?
Delayed implantation represents the late placement of certain bone substitutes into the wound that was created by the loss of your tooth. These substitutes minimize atrophy to your bone tissue, and over time ready your jaw for placement of the implant.
Following treatment for bone substitute, you typically have to wait four to six months, giving your jaw enough time to form new bone. The implant is then built in that bone.
The advantages of immediate placement
The biggest advantage of immediate implantation is that your tooth is pulled and its substitute placed in the same procedure. This type of intervention is most convenient, and is the most common type of implantation.
Bear in mind that the best results sometimes require patience, especially when it comes to your teeth and overall oral health. The purpose of a dental implant is not just to fill in your smile, but to fill in for every role your teeth play—from holding the shape of your face and the placement of neighboring teeth, to eating and speaking. After centuries of practicing different types of dental implants, today’s solutions are more effective than ever before. The expertise your dentist can provide in the timing of your placement is another advantage to these state-of-the-art solutions.