When it comes to dental extractions, you might think the worst case scenario is losing the tooth entirely. However, in reality, this isn’t always the case. In some cases, an extraction may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options. If you are dealing with tooth decay or periodontal disease and have been advised to get a dental implant as soon as possible, you may not see any other options.
With an extraction, we can save the existing bone and teeth around it which will help the natural process of healing and hopefully prevent further damages in the future. Implant surgery is a surgical procedure which requires a high level of precision and skill. The process itself requires two separate sessions – one to place anchors into your jawbone; and another to place the final prosthetic crown once your gums have fully healed from its first surgery.
When a patient undergoes a tooth extraction procedure, dental implants may be the most effective option available to restore the tooth. Getting dental implants after extraction allows patients to get back the appearance and functionality of the missing teeth as soon as possible. Patients who are not sure about getting dental implants after tooth removal may find reviewing the pros and cons can help with the decision.
Dental Extraction Procedure
Dental extraction is the removal of teeth that have broken or have become diseased or infected to the point of being beyond repair. There are many types of tooth decay and infections that can cause teeth to become loose or fall out. Once a tooth has decayed to the point where it is loose, it can be very difficult to save it.
The first step in the extraction process is to numb the area of the mouth where the tooth is located. While this will not eliminate the pain that comes with having a tooth pulled, it will help you remain calm and prevent you from tensing up and making the process more difficult.
Dental Implants immediately after extraction
One of the most significant benefits of getting implants on the same day as tooth extraction is that there is no need for a second surgery. After taking out the bad teeth, the dentist will insert the dental implant directly into the tooth socket. Any additional processes such as bone or tissue grafting to fill the bone can also be completed in the same surgery. This is beneficial because having to wait for another surgery to place the implants extends the treatment period. It also means a reduced cost of treatment with the same chances of success.
Secondly, patients do not have to worry about going several days or weeks with a gap in their bite. Placing the screw immediately allows patients to regain the use of their natural teeth. Whether the restoration connected to the implant is temporary or permanent, the patient will still be able to eat and speak freely. The techniques for placing the implants are tested, which means they will not shake during the healing process when eating.
As well, when the dentist places the implant, it replaces the tooth root. Usually, when a tooth is missing, the jawbone starts to degrade due to loss of stimulation that occurs when chewing. The implant provides the required stimulus to keep the jawbone healthy.
Why to not go for screws immediately in few cases
Even if the implants are inserted on the same day, osseointegration is still important. The implant must fuse completely with the jawbone for the entire procedure to work. The healing period may take up to six months, during which the patient must follow all the dentist’s instructions for maintenance and oral care. Failure to follow the dentist’s advice may cause complications.
Although this is rare, an infection can set in or escalate after inserting an implant. This more often happens if the tooth socket is not thoroughly cleaned before placing the implant. An infection can ultimately lead to implant failure if it is not discovered in time.
If you are considering getting dental implants after tooth extraction, schedule a consultation with our dentist to discuss your options.