In the past, people only got rid of a deceased tooth by having it extracted. Thanks to advancements in implant dentistry, people can now have a decayed tooth removed and replaced in a short span of time.
Tooth extractions pose great health risks to the patients. The socket that once held the tooth root may dry up and cause severe, irreversible damages. Today, patients have the option to get an implant following the extraction.
Ideally, two months after the extraction, the patient may go to a dental implant practice for a pre-implant placement visit. By the time the tooth socket heals, the periodontist will perform an X-ray of the patient’s alveolar bone to determine if the volume of the bone is adequate for implant integration.
During this visit, the periodontist will be able to point out if the patient is a suitable candidate for the procedure. Usually, if the patient’s oral environment shows no sign of acute infection and has proper bone architecture, the procedure is good to go.
Proper timing is a contributing factor for the success of an implant placement procedure. The periodontist will be able to identify the appropriate time to place the implant. From the pre-implant visit up to the scheduled operation, the patient must do his or her part to prepare the surgical site for the procedure.
In some cases, it is possible to have the extraction and implant placement done on the same day, as long as there are no signs of infection and other problems. But, usually, there is a window between the two procedures.
Replacement Tooth Mounting
After the implant placement, the patient must wait for another two to three months for the bone to heal and mesh so the artificial tooth replacement can be mounted on the implant. Digital X-rays can confirm the proper timing to mount the tooth. When all the procedures are done, the patient must strictly adhere to the aftercare regimen that the surgeon will prescribe to complete the healing process and ensure better outcomes.
For better results, the patient should consider implant placement before getting an extraction. This makes the whole process efficient and the outcomes more predictable. Delays in placement can result in implant failure.