Tooth extraction comes along with a myriad of challenges. You will most likely want to replace the extracted tooth as soon as you can for functional and cosmetic reasons. In fact, you may feel the urge to replace the lost tooth with a special dental implant on the same day your tooth was extracted. But is this advisable? Can you actually get dental implants immediately after tooth extraction? The good news is yes, you can replace go for dental implants after extraction. There is in fact, a name for the procedure — immediate dental implants. However, there are conditions and precautions you and your dentist must take into account. Read on to learn more.
Strong Bone Density
Bone density plays a key role in nearly all dental procedures. It therefore does not come as a surprise that the success of any dental implant procedure is always pegged on the jawbone density and strength of the implant site. In simple words, if your jawbone is still strong after an extraction procedure, then you may be eligible for immediate dental implant.
Note that immediately the implant post is placed on your jawbone, the surrounding bone starts fusing with the titanium implant. This process is referred to as ‘osseointegration’. This partly explains why dense jawbones create firm foundations to root implants. You don’t have to worry if your jawbone is not dense enough to hold a dental implant immediately after extraction. Your dentist will recommend bone graft which will strengthen your jawbone before the implant procedure begins.
No Gum Infection
This is yet another vital condition that determines whether or not you can go for a dental implant immediately after tooth extraction. Your dentist will first make sure that you have no form of gum infection. That is because gums provide direct support to teeth. Any form of gum infection within or around the implant site must first be treated before the actual dental implant procedure is conducted.
Your Dental Hygiene
Be sure to take good care of your teeth even after getting implants. Brush your teeth with the right toothpaste. Floss as your dentist recommends and most importantly, go for routine checkup. In the end, you will notice that dental hygiene is not as hard as is often misconceived. Then by all means, avoid going to bed without brushing your teeth especially after eating anything sugary.
Point To Note
Treating tooth loss should always be done immediately after tooth extraction. This does not translate to rushing for an implant. Your dentist will take you through tests to ascertain your dental health and other underlying issues that should determine whether an immediate implant will be possible. this should not worry you as it takes a few hours. Remember that when done correctly and professionally, dental implants guarantee several benefits. For starters, you won’t have to worry about walking around with a missing tooth. This means your self-esteem will always be high. Dental implants can also go a long way to help you preserve your dental health by preventing infection and tooth deterioration.