Immediate Dental Implant
What is an Immediate Dental Implant?
Dental Implant Same Day as Extraction?
An immediate dental implant is a dental implant that is placed in the jawbone immediately after a dental tooth extraction. It is usually placed at the same visit as the dental extraction, but it can be done within two weeks after the dental tooth extraction and still be considered an immediate dental implant. If a crown or dental bridge is placed on an immediate dental implant to restore the tooth, this is considered immediate loading. Immediate loading of an immediate dental implant is the most favorable option for any patient.
Key Advantages to an Immediate Dental Implant:
Is an Immediate Dental Implant Safe?
Guided Surgery - Safely Plan Dental Implants
Absolutely! Immediate dental implants, when done properly are extremely safe. Like any other dental procedure, there are inherent risks. However, proper planning with 3-D x-ray technology and digitally guided surgery is critical. So is choosing an experienced oral surgeon that has performed this procedure many times before. Proper post-operative care and diet will ensure successful healing.
What is the Procedure for an Immediate Dental Implant?
Immediate dental implants are generally necessary due to a non-restorable fracture of a tooth. In some cases, there may be infection associated with the cracked or fractured tooth. The procedure begins with an exam, 2-D and 3-D x-rays. A diagnosis is made, and treatment options are discussed. An immediate dental implant is the treatment of choice. The patient’s medical history is carefully reviewed by Dr. Sullivan. Sedation options are discussed and planned – oral vs. IV sedation. Antibiotics, pain medication, sedatives, anti-inflammatories and oral rinse are prescribed with instructions on how to use and when to take. Sedation and pain medicine are optional, and many won’t require pain medicine.
Dental Implant Surgery Day
The patient is generally well sedated with either oral or IV sedation. Just like any other procedure, topical anesthetic is applied prior to local anesthesia. Additional impressions of the teeth are taken as needed, prior to the tooth extraction. The cracked, fractured or hopeless tooth is removed very carefully to minimize any damage to any surrounding bone. The extraction socket is inspected and cleaned carefully to make sure no infected tissue remains. The dental implant site is prepared, and the dental implant is placed, with a relatively high torque value, to ensure initial implant stability. Once the implant is stable, an abutment is placed.
The patient’s general dentist may want to take an impression in their office for the temporary crown to be fabricated; however, we can perform a digital, oral impression at the time of your surgery, send to the dental lab for fabrication and be ready for the general dentist to place within 72 hours.