Your teeth are essential. They assist in your speech and dining, and good teeth create a great first impression. When you have a damaged or missing tooth, it can not only impact these things but can cause other oral health issues. Fortunately, you can quickly replace your tooth with a dental implant. While traditional implants can take months before you have your new tooth, your dentist can perform new immediate implants quickly. But only some people are candidates for this procedure. Are you? This information may help you decide.
What Are Immediate Dental Implants?
Immediate dental implants are implants your dentist places as soon as they extract your damaged tooth. Your dentist completes the implant, abutment, and full restoration in a single visit. Immediate implants are a very popular solution when you want a fast solution to replace your damaged tooth.
What Are The Advantages?
There are several advantages to immediate dental implants over delayed implants. Some of these are:
- Not having to get used to not having a tooth in that position while waiting on your implant
- Preserving your surrounding bone
- Maintaining your soft tissue volume
- Leaving the office with your new smile in place
Because the entire procedure takes place in a single visit, you will not have to take time out of work for multiple appointments.
Unfortunately, there are also a couple of disadvantages. While immediate implants are highly successful, they do not have the success rate of delayed implants. Delayed implants can also provide a stronger foundation where your replacement tooth will sit.
What Are The Requirements?
You should meet several requirements to be a candidate for immediate dental implants. Some of these are:
- Good overall oral health
- Healthy gums
- No infection present in the gum tissue surrounding the tooth
- No type of bone loss in the affected jaw
Some dentists will only offer immediate dental implants for teeth in the front of your mouth. Front teeth do not require the bite force of back teeth.
Back teeth do better with delayed implants because of the period of osseointegration. The period between surgeries allows for the fusing of the implant to your jawbone. This fusing creates a stronger bond that benefits the bite force required for back teeth.
Your dentist will have to make the final decision as to whether you are a viable candidate for dental implant treatment. Call them for a consultation to see.