Can I Begin the Dental Implant Process Right After a Tooth Extraction?
It is widely accepted that saving a patient’s natural tooth is always preferable to tooth extraction. However, there are some cases when a tooth extraction becomes necessary for the benefit of the patient’s overall oral and dental health. Once the tooth has been extracted, it is critical that treatment is undertaken to preserve the bone structure beneath.
One of the ways to do that is with the placement of a dental implant, which also helps to restore the patient’s complete smile. At Alliance Family Dentistry in Naples, FL, Dr. Dasha Frias Landa is committed to the highest level of patient care and satisfaction and is proud to offer dental implants following tooth extraction. In this blog, we’ll discuss the process of placing a dental implant after tooth extraction, including how long you may have to wait for your implant and why.
When does a tooth need to be pulled?
There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. Some of the most common include:
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Significant tooth decay
- Damaged tooth can’t be repaired
Before coming to the decision of extracting a tooth, Dr. Frias Landa will make every attempt to save the natural tooth if possible. If tooth extraction is unavoidable, Dr. Frias Landa will recommend the most appropriate course of action for restoring the tooth (if desired) and for preserving the integrity of the jawbone and other oral structures.
What happens after a tooth is extracted?
The root of a natural tooth plays an essential role in supporting the health and structure of the jaw and surrounding tissues. When the root is removed during tooth extraction, bone grafts and collagen plugs can be placed to simulate a root and help maintain the patient’s oral structure. Additionally, a dental implant – which is a screw placed within the jawbone – can be used. A custom restoration, like a crown, can then be affixed to the dental implant to give patients a complete smile once again.
Can an implant be placed immediately after a tooth is pulled?
In some cases, the process of placing dental implants can begin at the same appointment when the tooth is being extracted. Other times, it may be several weeks or months – and a series of additional appointments – before the dental implant process can be undertaken. The primary factor in determining whether a dental implant can be placed at the same time as tooth extraction is the state of the patient’s gums, tissues, and overall oral and dental health.
Once a dental implant is placed, it requires a period of about 3 – 9 months to become fully integrated with the bone before a restoration can be attached to it. This process, known as osseointegration, relies on the presence of healthy tissues. Periodontal disease, decay, and other problems can significantly impact, delay, and even prevent an implant from successfully integrating.
Our caring team understands the desire to replace a missing tooth as quickly as possible and is dedicated to helping that dream become a reality in a safe and successful way. With good oral health, an experienced restorative dentist, and proper care and hygiene, dental implants after tooth extraction can give you back the beautiful, strong smile you deserve.
Facing tooth extraction in Naples, FL? We can help
If you are feeling discouraged about how you may look after a tooth extraction, we can help you better understand all of your options for quickly and safely restoring a complete smile you can feel confident about. To learn more about dental implants after tooth extraction, call Alliance Family Dentistry today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with top Naples, FL dentist Dr. Dasha Frias Landa.