If you are missing teeth then you probably want them replaced straightaway. This is why the idea of immediate dental implants can seem so appealing, but what is this treatment and when can it safely be used?
With an immediate dental implant your dentist will fit a tooth onto the dental implant soon after the surgery to insert the implant post. This sounds great, but it’s important to be aware of when this type of treatment can be most beneficial and when it might be better to opt for more traditional dental implant surgery that requires the implant post to be left alone to heal for several months before a new tooth is fitted.
When to Consider Having Immediate Dental Implants
Immediate dental implants tend to work best for teeth that are right at the front of the mouth and where they do not come under too much stress or strain during biting. This treatment can also work well if you are missing all your teeth in your lower jaw as you can be fitted with a new bridge of teeth soon after surgery. The reason this is possible is due to the fact that the immediate teeth attached to your new dental implants are temporary. They can even be fabricated before your implant surgery takes place.
Immediate Teeth Are Temporary Teeth
If you choose to have an immediate tooth fitted to a front tooth then it will be purely for cosmetic purposes and isn’t functional. Instead the immediate tooth will be made in such a way so it does not come into contact with the opposing teeth. This is because the implant post still need time to heal and integrate with your jawbone and it cannot move during this process. If you are having a complete arch of teeth replaced then this bridge will lock your new dental implants in position so that the immediate dental implants cannot move and will still be able to fully integrate with your jawbone, a process called osseointegration.
Osseointegration: Several Months to Complete
It normally takes around three months for an implant post to fully bond with the jawbone surrounding it. Often the implant post is specially treated to help encourage the growth of new bone cells, but it’s still a process that does take time. While your new implants integrate with your jawbone, you will need to make sure they don’t come under any sort of stress that could result in even a slight movement as this could increase the risk of failure. This could mean that during this time you will need to commit to eating soft foods, but you will have teeth that look pretty good. Once your new implants are fully bonded then your new teeth can be custom made and they will look even better.
Immediate dental implants can be a good solution in certain situations but to find out more you do really need to talk to a good dental implant dentist. To get more information why not book a consultation with one of the highly experienced periodontists at D&D Periodontal Associates? You will find out everything you need to know, and can discover all the options including immediate dental implants and more traditional implant treatment.