Immediate implant placement, also known as same-day dental implants, is a procedure that can be done when the condition of the tooth allows it. If you have healthy gums and sufficient maxillary bone density, a titanium post can be inserted into the jaw after extraction. This post gradually fuses with the bone to provide a reliable base for a custom dental crown. The skill and experience of your dentist or oral surgeon in extracting the damaged tooth will also influence whether an immediate dental implant can be placed. Dental implants have titanium rods for the “roots” that are inserted into the jaw, so there is no risk of the implant coming loose later on.
Patients may require a surgical procedure to remove defective teeth and the placement of 2 to 12 dental implants in one or both jaws. In ideal circumstances, a dental implant can be placed in the jaw immediately after a tooth is extracted, even during the same appointment. The cost of dental implants varies considerably and you'll need an exam to get an accurate estimate. The beauty of a front dental implant is that the dental post goes exactly where the root used to be. Same-day dental implants can be faster, reduce overall healing time and provide the same characteristic benefits offered by traditional implants. Your dentist will create a personalized diagnosis and discuss treatment options with you, including the possibility of an immediate dental implant.
If a tooth has already been extracted, you will have to wait up to 4 months before a dental implant is placed there. Extracting a tooth and placing dental implants in one day seems impossible, but advances in equipment and surgical techniques make it possible. If you have questions about having an immediate dental implant procedure the same day as your tooth extraction, contact your dentist or oral surgeon for more information.