3 Approaches to Placing Implants After Tooth Extractions

If you have severely decayed, damaged, or loose teeth, then your dentist may recommend having dental implants placed. However, in order for you to have dental implants placed, your problematic teeth will first need to be extracted. Once the teeth have been removed, then your dentist can place dental implants in the spaces left behind. The location and number of extracted teeth will determine how many dental implants are needed to restore the extracted teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a crown, bridge, or denture, and these restorations all require a different number of implants. 

Depending on the condition of your natural teeth, there are two different types of extractions that may be performed. The first is known as a simple tooth extraction and consists of your dentist using forceps and an elevator tool to lift the entire tooth out of the socket. The second type is known as a surgical extraction and consists of the affected tooth being broken into pieces before being removed one piece at a time. Simple extractions are generally used when the tooth can be removed altogether, whereas surgical extractions are used when the affected tooth is too damaged or decayed to remove in a single piece. 

After having the necessary teeth extracted, there are three possible approaches your dentist can use for placing dental implants. Oftentimes, the recommended approach will depend on how much healthy bone mass is around the treatment area. Before your procedure, your dentist will take a CBCT scan of the area to determine which approach they believe is most beneficial for your individual case. These three approaches include: 

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Immediate Post-Extraction Implant Placement

With immediate post-extraction implant placement, you can have your dental implants placed during the same procedure as your tooth extraction. In order to be an ideal candidate for immediate post-extraction implant placement, however, your jaw must have enough bone mass to support the implant. Because of this, not everyone is an ideal candidate for immediate post-extraction implant placement, especially if they have suffered bone loss in the jaw. 

Delayed Immediate Post-Extraction Implant Placement

Delayed immediate post-extraction implant placement refers to implants that are placed anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months after an extraction. This approach allows the soft and hard tissues around the extraction site to heal before the implant is placed. Since two-thirds of bone resorption occurs within the first 3 months after an extraction, this approach also aims at preserving bone mass in the jaw. 

Late Implantation

Late implantation refers to dental implants that are placed 3 months or more after the initial tooth extraction. This approach is generally used when there is not enough bone mass in the jaw to properly support the implant. Therefore, supplemental procedures such as a bone graft or sinus lift are performed in order to build up bone mass in the affected area. Since it takes an average of 3-6 months for new bone to grow, the dental implants can only safely be placed 3-6 months after the extraction, once there is enough bone mass. 


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Advantages of Digital Dental Impression Technology

Dental impressions have been an essential part of dental procedures for decades, allowing dentists to accurately and precisely create restorations and orthodontic appliances. However, traditional dental impression techniques have their limitations, including inaccuracies, discomfort for the patient, and time-consuming processes. With the advancements in technology, dental impressions can now be taken digitally, improving the accuracy, efficiency, and comfort for the patient. In this blog post, we will discuss digital dental impression technology and its advantages.

older woman looking in the mirror at her new dentures

How to Adapt to Your New Dentures

Adjusting to life with dentures can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time wearing them. But you don’t need to worry — with some patience and practice, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of your new teeth in no time. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the basics of what it takes to adjust to your dentures so that you can start smiling confidently again. From how long it typically takes for a person’s mouth and gums to get used to their new teeth, learning how diet choices affect how well they fit, as well as finding helpful support from fellow denture-wearers along the way – we cover all of this and more!

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The Ins and Outs of Inlays and Onlays

If you’re like many people, you may not know the differences between inlays and onlays and when each is used. Whether you need one or both of these treatments—or neither at all—will depend upon your specific dental needs. We want to make sure that everyone understands what exactly an inlay or onlay does for their teeth, so here’s everything you need to know about these restorative procedures.

Happy Dentist's Day

Happy Dentist’s Day

Happy National Dentist’s Day! Today is a day to celebrate all the hardworking dentists out there who help us keep our teeth clean and healthy. Whether you love going to the dentist or not, we should all be thankful for the expert care they provide. Dentistry is an important part of health care, and regular dental exams are key to maintaining good oral and overall health. Thanks for reading and celebrating National Dentist’s Day with our dentists!


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