Can An Implant Be Placed Immediately After Extraction?
We live in an era where speed is everything. We all want faster internet, faster services, almost instant delivery, and the list goes on. This is also the desire for most patients who need tooth replacement, especially after teeth extraction. More patients are finding it hard to think that they must wait for weeks or even months before getting their implants.
But dentistry has evolved along with the rest of the world to ensure that our patients get the services they need when they need them. However, this doesn’t mean that there are no challenges or even impossible scenarios where patients have to take the long route to get their wishes.
Whatever the case, we will explore the possibility of you receiving a dental implant after a tooth extraction.
When Do You Need a Tooth Implant After Teeth Extraction?
As you already know, tooth implants aren’t the only tooth replacement option. You can always go for dentures or even tooth bridges. The only problem with these replacement options is that they are not permanent, meaning that you might need additional procedures later on. Plus, these other options might have excellent aesthetics but might accelerate bone loss or cause gum irritation.
Implants can be your best bet when:
- You are missing multiple adjacent teeth
- You are at risk of bone loss
- You are looking for a permanent tooth replacement
- You are in good health with a healthy jawbone and gums
- You don’t want to wear dentures
- Your teeth are shifting and need stability
How Soon After an Extraction Can You Receive an Implant?
You might wish to receive a tooth implant immediately after an extraction. Our dentist near you may recommend it, but several factors are considered before taking this leap, such as your general health, the health of surrounding tissue, etc.
That’s why implant placement is placed in three distinct categories:
Immediate Implant Placement
Immediate implant placement means you will receive a dental implant right after removing the affected tooth. In other words, the extraction and implant placement will be done in one appointment or a single procedure.
Most people would prefer this option, but you can only be eligible to undergo the procedure if you have enough bone mass to anchor the implant after our dentist extracts your teeth.
Moreover, immediate implants work best when replacing canines, incisors, or premolars since they have one root. Therefore, the procedure is not recommended for every patient.
Early Implant Placement
Immediate-delayed implant placement or early implant placement occurs soon after you have undergone tooth extraction. In other words, our dentist can place the implant anywhere within two weeks to three months post-extraction.
The approach allows your bone and gums to heal before placing the implant. The time is enough to allow infections to clear, such as those that might be caused by gum disease or tooth decay.
Our dentist will recommend this option whenever you need to replace molars, which have more than one root. The implant is usually placed before the three months elapses to reduce the chances of bone resorption.
Late Implant Placement
The final approach is the go-to option when there is not enough bone mass that can anchor the tooth implant. Therefore, our dentist will have to perform additional procedures to build the bone, and you will be given time to heal. The implant will be placed after three to six months.
What Hurts More, Tooth Extraction or Implant?
Getting a tooth implant requires that you undergo a surgery. Therefore, you may expect that there will be some amount of discomfort and pain. The good news is that our dentist will administer anesthesia before commencing the procedure. You might experience a bit more discomfort when you have to undergo extra procedures.
All the issues are usually accounted for to reduce discomfort and pain. The pain and discomfort you may feel will come after the procedure when the anesthesia wears off. The level of pain will vary since no two patients are the same.
However, most patients who have had implants are pleasantly surprised to find out that there is less discomfort and pain than they have experienced while undergoing other dental procedures such as extractions and root canals.
When Should You Not Get Dental Implants?
Implants are suitable for almost anyone; however, they are not the ideal solution for everybody. They are not suitable for you when:
- You are a heavy smoker
- You have an illness that can inhibit healing
- Bone loss
- You cannot commit to several months of treatment and dental visits
- If you have undergone radiation to the neck or head
But you will never know for sure until our dentist performs a dental examination. So, contact our dental office today at Town Square Dental to schedule an appointment.