To get the best results with dental implant treatment, timing is critical.
Broadly speaking, you can have a dental implant at the time of having your bad tooth removed, or wait 3 months … (or more!).
If the tooth is a front tooth, and there are few problems around the bone, then it might be possible to have a dental implant at the same time as having your tooth removed. This is called immediate placement, and in most cases, the implant will have a temporary tooth placed on it.
Immediate dental implants
There are a few key advantages to having treatment like this, firstly treatment time is shorter. Usually about 3-6 months shorter. This is because you do not have a period where you let the bone heal, your bone will heal with the dental implant in position.
Another advantage is that you do not need to wear a removable tooth, or set of teeth during healing. The temporary tooth is fixed onto the implant, so it is similar to having your own natural tooth.
Delayed Dental Implants
Sometimes it’s not possible to have an implant at the same time as tooth removal, so another very good option is to wait 3 months. This amount of time lets the gum and bone heal into a much more stable position.
The advantage of waiting is that the implant will be placed in much more secure bone, as you can imagine an implant placed in a socket of a natural tooth will not be in 100% contact with the bone. If you wait 3 months, then it is far more likely to be secure.
If you wait for more than 3 months, then as your bone is not used, it will start to shrink away. This means that if you decide to have implant treatment several years later, you may well need some treatment to increase the amount of bone available. This will increase your total treatment time and investment.
Not everyone will lose lots of bone, one of the most accurate ways of determining how much bone you have is to have a dental CT Scan (different to normal x-rays), and your bone levels can be measured using special dental implant software.
If you are considering dental implant treatment and you would like some more information, then you can arrange a free initial consultation with Dr Sehmi by filling out the form below.