How Long After Extraction Should I Get a Dental Implant?
Your dentist may extract your significantly damaged teeth to protect your overall health. However, having an open gap may make your smile less attractive. Also, the tooth gap will compromise your bone health and your chewing strength. While other options such as partial dentures can fill the gap, they are not as reliable as dental implants.
Many dental implants are placed each year, and there are some reasons why they are popular. Implants have the closest appearance to your natural teeth and are long-lasting. The titanium rod that holds the dental implant together requires the post to fuse with the jawbone. Thus, for this procedure to succeed, you’ll need a good health status regarding bone structure.
Getting an implant is done in multiple stages, and you get to choose what type of implant you want.
When you get your tooth extracted, you may ask yourself how long you’ll have to wait to get a dental implant. DSV Dental in Brooklin Village is happy to answer your questions and explain more about dental implants in this article. So, keep reading to learn more.
What Happens After Tooth Extraction?
The space created when your dentist extracts your tooth may feel unnatural. The area also makes other changes that are not noticeable right away. For example, when you have a missing tooth, the jawbone underneath the space starts to deteriorate because there’s no stimulation from the tooth. Also, the surrounding teeth may shift to the space. The shift changes the alignment and contributes to jaw problems.
Why Does One Need a Tooth Extraction Before Getting a Dental Implant?
Having a complete set of teeth allows you to speak, eat, and smile easily. This is why our dentist in Brooklin will try to save your natural teeth in the right way possible.
But when it is beyond being saved, extracting and replacing it with a dental implant is the next best option to choose. Some reasons that can make you lose a tooth are:
- Severe fractures and cracks: When you have large fractures and cracks that run vertically and involve the root, your dentist may not be able to save your tooth.
- Severe Cavities: Intense and large cavities damage most tooth structures leaving the damaged structure to support a crown or a dental filling.
- Injuries: Accidents or injuries can cause tooth loss.
How Long Should I Wait for Dental Implants?
Every case is unique. It varies from one individual to another depending on several factors. For example, if the jawbone is healthy, one can get a dental implant placed the same day of tooth extraction.
But in most cases, the dentist recommends you wait three to six months after an extraction to allow the area to heal completely. However, if one chooses to stay longer, they’ll experience more severe cases encountering bone loss in the jaw accompanied by other complications.
If your jaw has enough bone structure and the gum and jaw tissues are sufficiently healthy, your dentist may insert the titanium implant immediately after the tooth extraction. The biocompatible rod will infuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration. The infusing takes three to six months. After it has healed completely, the implant is ready to receive a permanent prosthetic crown that helps in preventing bone loss.
Early Implant Placement
This requires to be placed two to three months after tooth extraction. Your dentist will recommend this option if you have damaged gums, missing bone structure, or infections that require healing first. Once your dentist inserts the implant, it requires 3-6 months to bond and heal. After that period, a prosthetic crown can be cemented into place permanently.
Delayed Implant Placement
If an individual has insufficient bone structure from the area where an extraction has been done, a bone grafting procedure is required. The procedure is followed through with the implant process. You’ll need 3-6 months for the bone grafting procedure and the area to heal enough for implant placement. After implant placement, you’ll have to wait for the next six months before placing a permanent crown on the site.
Visit our Dental Office in Whitby, ON, to get your implant placement by our experienced dentists.