What Are Immediate Dental Implants?

An x-ray of an Immediate dental implant in the case of a dental emergency

Many people put off getting dental implants for a variety of reasons. However, with the development of immediate implants or same-day dental implants, many of those who need them are now able to get them.

With same-day dental implants, our doctors remove an infected tooth or teeth and install the implant immediately after. This procedure requires the expertise and experience of a specialist.

Oral surgeons usually perform the tooth extraction in same-day scenarios to ensure there is enough bone to place the implant.

Why Should You Consider Immediate Implants?

The advantage of immediate or same-day dental implant placement is for the patient to undergo only one surgical procedure. In other words, the extraction of the tooth and installation of the dental implant in one visit.

The Ability to Preserve the Original Bone

This is critical since a lack of bone prevents dentists from positioning and securing the dental implant. By placing a dental implant immediately after tooth extraction, we preserve the bone. Preserving the bone eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming bone-grafting procedures.

Save Time and Money

Traditional procedures for dental implants require months of visits to reach a completed process. This process may add unnecessary time and cost for you. The duration of the entire immediate placement treatment is drastically shorter and requires far less of your time, not to mention a much smoother recovery process.

What Are Some Disqualifying Factors?

An infected tooth that needs pulling is one of the main reasons to avoid placing immediate dental implants. Another disqualifying factor for dental implants is a lack of adequate bone density at the extraction site. In this case, bone grafting is necessary before dental implants. In rare instances, a suspicious lesion in the area may need a biopsy. The dentist may postpone the dental implant in this situation.

What To Expect In The Office And In Recovery

Extraction of a tooth and placement of an immediate dental implant may take 30-60 minutes.

Local or general anesthesia is administered before the procedure begins for comfort. The typical dental implant process takes three to six months and requires a bit of care and time. But with immediate dental implants, you don’t need to wait very long.  You may get a temporary crown on the very same day. You need to visit your dentist about 3-6 months later to get a permanent tooth.

Foods You Should Plan On Avoiding During Recovery

Avoid sticky foods and especially candies during the recovery period. Even healthy options like apples, carrots, radishes, or anything hard should be avoided. The implant needs to integrate into the jaw, and the pressure from chewing such foods can compromise integration.

Schedule A Consultation Today

Dental implants are a great way to restore the aesthetics and function of your teeth. If you’re looking to make an appointment for a one-visit dental implant, you can do so online or by phone. Additionally, if you have any questions regarding immediate dental plants or any other services offered by Dental Partners of Boston, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our trained dentists and professional dental team are proud to serve the greater Boston, MA, area.