A Dental Implant Placed at the Same Time as the Tooth Removal?
This is a commonly asked question, and it’s easy to understand why people would hope to have the extraction and implant performed in a single procedure. The answer is: yes, but it can vary from person to person and depends on the condition of the underlying bone.
Dental implants mimic the shape and structure of your original teeth. Like teeth, they have a root that connects directly into the jawbone, ensuring that your new teeth remain in place for years without shifting or needing further attention.
If it’s possible, your dental surgeon, Dr. Dennis Norkiewicz, will offer the option of an immediate implant, a dental implant placed at the time of the tooth extraction. The main conditions for this are the density of the underlying bone, and the presence of any infection in the gum. Even if the teeth that are being removed are in bad condition, your jaw and gums might be in good condition and you could be suitable for an immediate implant.
Not only will an immediate implant mean that you can get everything done in a single session, but it’s been shown to have a shorter recovery time as well. If you’re not suitable for an immediate implant, don’t worry. You’ll be offered an immediate-delayed implant or a delayed implant.
An immediate-delayed implant happens soon after the extraction, within a month at most, and is recommended where there is damage to the soft tissue of the gums that needs a chance to heal. This might be caused by infection, especially if the reason for the extraction was severe rotting of the tooth. Your dental surgeon will discuss your treatment options and tell you when you’re ready to go.
In case of a delayed implant, you can expect to wait for around two months for the dental implant placed to heal. This happens where there is substantial weakening of the jawbone and, in some cases, a separate bone graft might be required.