When do I place an Implant?

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When do I place an Implant?

Timing of dental implant placement depends on factors such as timing of tooth extraction, bone density, gum health, and overall health, and should be determined through consultation with a dental professional.

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, you may have considered getting a dental implant to restore your smile. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that is surgically placed into your jawbone. Once it has fused with the bone, a dental crown or bridge is attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth or teeth.

But when is the right time to get a dental implant? The answer depends on several factors, which we’ll explore in this blog post.

Timing of Tooth Extraction

If you have a missing tooth due to trauma or decay, your dentist will need to extract the tooth before placing the implant. The timing of the extraction can impact when the implant can be placed.

If the tooth is extracted and the socket is left to heal on its own, it can take several months before the area is ready for implant placement. This is because the bone needs to regenerate in the socket before the implant can be inserted. If you opt for an immediate implant placement, your dentist will place the implant in the socket immediately after the tooth is extracted.

Bone Density

Another factor that can impact when to place a dental implant is bone density. The implant needs to fuse with the jawbone in order to provide a stable foundation for the prosthetic tooth. If the bone density is low, the implant may not be able to fuse properly with the bone.

In this case, your dentist may recommend a bone grafting procedure to increase the bone density in the area. After the bone graft has healed, the implant can be placed.

Gum Health

The health of your gums is also important when considering implant placement. If you have gum disease or other periodontal issues, your dentist will need to address these issues before placing the implant.

It’s important to have a healthy foundation for the implant to ensure long-term success. Your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning or other periodontal treatment before implant placement.

Overall Health

Your overall health can also impact when to place a dental implant. If you have a chronic condition or are taking certain medications, your dentist may need to take special precautions when placing the implant.

Additionally, if you smoke or use tobacco products, your dentist may recommend that you quit before implant placement. Smoking can impair the healing process and increase the risk of implant failure.

In general, it’s best to discuss implant placement with your dentist to determine the right timing for your unique situation. At Triple S Dental, our team of experienced professionals can help you determine the best course of treatment for your missing teeth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.