Dental extractions definitely have a reputation as being a painful and debilitating procedure. Fortunately, thanks to innovations in modern dentistry techniques and aesthetics, today having teeth extracted is generally a fairly uneventful process. Whilst any great dentist will do everything that they can to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible, unfortunately, occasions do arise where your professional has no choice but to perform an extraction – a procedure to remove one or more teeth. This is done to prevent problems spreading to surrounding teeth and to ensure that you no longer have to live with the effects of a badly decayed or damaged tooth that is beyond regular repair.
Most patients will be made aware that extraction is a possibility before they actually have their teeth removed. At this point, your dentist will speak to you regarding your options to replace those teeth that are missing. This is important both for your teeth to function optimally and for you to speak clearly, but also for the appearance of your smile. One of the most popular replacement solutions is dental implants.
What are dental implants ?
Dental implants are an innovative solution that enables missing teeth to be replaced by a system that uses artificial roots as well as prosthetic teeth. These artificial roots are titanium posts. Tiny holes are drilled through the gum into the jaw bone, and it is into these that the dental implant posts are placed. The bone then heals itself around the post, cementing it permanently into position. This design creates unrivaled strength and stability, ensuring that your solution doesn’t slip or move around. Your customized crowns are then manufactured and placed on to the top of the implant post that protrudes through the gum tissue.
Dental implants are widely considered to be the most superior tooth replacement solution available, with key benefits of the design include:
A permanent solution
The implant post preventing deterioration of the bone in the jaw that typically occurs after tooth loss
Stability: implants don’t slip and move around when you eat, laugh, sneeze, etc
Prosthetic teeth that closely resemble natural teeth
Easy to clean, brush dental implants just like regular teeth
A long-lasting solution: with proper care, they could last upwards of 25 years meaning that they are a superb investment in your smile
How soon after extraction can I get dental implants?
The good news is that you may be able to get your dental implant posts placed immediately or very shortly after having the necessary teeth extracted. Any implants that are placed within a fortnight of extraction are considered to be ‘immediate’.
To determine whether or not you can have an immediate dental implant, your provider will first need to assess whether there is enough healthy bone present in the jaw to stabilize the implant. It is also essential to make sure that the hole from the extraction site isn’t too large. Problems with either of these could cause the implant to fail.
If you are found not to be a good candidate for immediate dental implants, all isn’t lost. You may still not have to wait too long. In these instances, a bone graft is usually taken from another part of your body and placed into the extraction site and left to heal. This strengthens the bone so that it is better able to support the dental implant, improving the outcome and success rate of your procedure.
If you are considering getting dental implants after getting your teeth extracted, you will want to ensure you choose the most experienced and affordable dental implant provider. To schedule your free consultation with our highly skilled dental implant specialists, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices.
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