Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option, and they’re very flexible. With dental implants, you can decide when is the best time to get them, based sometimes on your schedule, but also potentially dependent on your oral health and the state of your bones, teeth, and gums.
Here are the four options for dental implant placement, and the benefits and limits of each.
Dental implants can be placed when your natural teeth are extracted. This is what we describe as “immediate placement.” This is the preferred timing for dental implants in most cases.
Dental implants placed right away have a very high success rate. There’s only one procedure required, and it’s relatively easy because the space for the implant is largely in place. We can retain as much bone as possible, which helps you retain the overall structure and appearance of your face.
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Best of all, you never have to be without teeth.
With all these benefits, it makes sense that we choose this timing whenever possible. We might not choose this timing, though, if you have gum disease or bone loss from gum disease that means you’re not a good candidate for immediate placement.
And, of course, if you didn’t opt for dental implants when your teeth were removed, we can’t choose this timing.
Early placement refers to the placement of dental implants within a few weeks of having your teeth removed. This timing is common if you have gum disease or other infections that we want to get under control before placing dental implants.
If you have an infection, immediate placement may put your implants at risk, so it’s a good idea to wait to get your implants placed. Although your gums will have begun healing, there won’t be much bone healing yet at this point, so the placement of dental implants will still be relatively easy.
Another potential benefit: sometimes this short delay can help us manage your gums so we have a more attractive result in the end.
Delayed placement is generally our least favorite time for dental implant placement. Placement of implants a few months after extraction of teeth can present many challenges, since the healing of the bones has begun but may be progressing at an uneven rate and may even be in a vulnerable state.
But this might be the best timing for your implants if infection is proving difficult to control.
Late placement for dental implants is any time six months or more after your teeth have been extracted. Sometimes we’ll choose this timing if your jaw needs extensive reconstruction with bone grafts, adding extra stages to the implant process. This timing then allows for the grafts to fully heal and incorporate with your native bone. That allows for the best stability of your dental implants.
Most commonly, though, this timing is used when someone originally opted for dentures and only later decided they wanted dental implants.
When Is the Right Time for Your Dental Implants?
If you are considering dental implants in The Woodlands, we will carefully consider your situation and recommend the best timing for your dental implants.