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Placing Dental Implants After A Tooth Extraction

Is It Possible to Place Dental Implants Immediately After Extraction? Have you just had a tooth extraction? Or do you...

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Is It Possible to Place Dental Implants Immediately After Extraction?

  • Have you just had a tooth extraction? Or do you have one coming up and are worried about having a gap?
  • Are you wondering how soon you can have dental implants? Do you want your tooth replaced as soon as possible?

We know the pains of a missing tooth—and that it’s not just for aesthetic purposes that you need it replaced. Oddly, your speech and functional abilities to bite, eat, and chew can be affected.

So, how long do you have to wait to get dental implants? The answer, in short, depends. 

Sometimes, it’s possible

In some instances, an extraction and implant can be done together, where a dental implant can be placed at the time of extraction, referred to in the industry as immediate implant placement. However, it’s only in certain situations that we can do this, and it will depend on the tooth’s condition.

While it’s completely possible, it’s not always recommended. For example, there’s a reason your tooth is being extracted, likely an infection or decay that can weaken the jawbone. At this stage, it’s not viable to place an implant because the bone in the jaw cannot support it.

Having an implant immediately placed will depend on the following:

  • Your oral health status
  • The position of the tooth
  • The presence or existence of infection
  • The extent of decay
  • If you suffer from gum disease
  • Jaw and gum tissue must be healthy for immediate placement

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In most cases, it’s better to wait for your mouth to heal

Tooth extractions are often performed chairside in under an hour, so they can often feel like simple procedures. However, they are major oral surgeries, and this, paired with dental implant surgery, might be too overwhelming.

Typically, you’ll have to wait at least 10 weeks after the tooth extraction for an implant to be placed—and that’s if we do not need to perform a bone graft before in between. That said, you’ll find that dental implants, the superior tooth replacement option, are worth the wait.

Getting a dental implant years after an extraction

If you go six months or more with a missing tooth, you put your oral health at risk, where the bone in the jaw will begin to deplete as there’s no longer a tooth root to support it. Simply put, the longer you have gaps in your mouth, the more likelihood you’ll have insufficient bone in the jaw to support implant placement.

Without bone in the jaw, where the implant anchors, it will likely fail, which is why some patients must undergo prior bone graft procedures to restore depleting bone in the area of their implantation.

So, getting a dental implant sooner rather than later is better, which means you can avoid pre-prosthetic procedures and additional treatment costs.

You can still be a candidate for dental implants years later. However, the road to receiving them might take a little longer. Or you can opt for dental implant types that do not require abundant bone for support.

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You won’t know for sure until you undergo a clinical assessment

The only way to assert that you’re a viable candidate for immediate implant placement following an extraction is to consult a dentist, who will use a CBCT scanner to assess the quality and quantity of bone.

During this appointment, you’ll also have the chance to explore the types of implants and what is and what isn’t possible, as well as an overview of costs and finance breakdowns.

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