Whether you are missing one or many teeth, you have likely been presented with the option to replace those missing teeth. Whether you have seen implants advertised online or on TV, you will notice a prevailing similarity between them – they can be done the same day or within just a couple of hours. While this does sound like a wonderful promise, is it true? Same-day dental implants may not be the right choice for you and Dr. Cho can walk you through the process to determine what your options are. Nothing that is great and still standing today was built in just a day! That is some food for thought. To help you better understand dental implants and what you can expect, take a look below.
The Start of Dental Implants
When dental implants first entered the dental industry, they were used to replace teeth that were missing in a patient’s mouth. This option was used in place of dentures, as some patients did not want to receive dentures. One of the reasons why dental implants are important is because they work to prevent the deterioration or loss of bone in the patient’s jaw. Dentures can place too much pressure on the gums, which can cause bone to fade away and when this occurs, the dentures are unable to remain in the mouth properly.
A dental implant is a type of tooth replacement that is fused to the jaw bone to create a supportive and solid foundation for the implant. Once the posts have been surgically placed, the bone will no longer deteriorate and will maintain itself. Patients who do suffer from severe bone loss can benefit from further deterioration of the bone. Traditionally, dentures were used to replace teeth, but have evolved to do more than just that.
Dental Implants Today
The first dental implants to hit the dental market were made to be functional, but today, they are made to do more than that such as prevent bone loss and create a beautiful smile. One of the biggest considerations that Dr. Cho must consider is when to place your dental implants in your mouth to prevent bone erosion. It is important that force is not used in the mouth, as it can cause the implants to move and this can lead to incomplete healing and bone loss.
Let’s take a look at some of the timing guidelines now.
Implant Placement Timing
There are several stages at which a dental implant can be placed into the mouth of a patient. The time the implant is placed will determine the future success of it.
1. Immediate placement.
This procedure occurs the moment the teeth are removed from the mouth. There are problems with this procedure, as there is no time for the bone or socket to heal, which can result in failure of the implant. If the procedure is not done correctly, bone shrinkage can occur as well and gum recession may be present.
2. Early placement with healing tissue present.
This procedure will occur anywhere between the four to eight-week mark since teeth have been removed from the mouth. This timeline is ideal for many patients because the gums are starting to heal and wounds are no longer present or open in the mouth. When an implant is placed inside of the mouth, it needs to be protected through a gum tissue seal. It is unlikely that any type of gum recession will occur.
3. Placement with partial bone healing in place.
Implants that are placed within the socket are done so at the two to four month-mark. The bone will be starting to fill the socket at this point. It is possible that some patients will need to have a bone graft performed. If an implant is placed at a later time, it can help with the bone loss process.
4. Late placement when all bone is healed.
This type of placement is done at the four to six-month range and at this point, all extraction sites will be healed. This presents a stable platform for any of the implants. The area has a better chance of healing and success.
Dental Implant Success Rate
It is important for all patients to keep in mind that there is a risk that dental implants can and may fail. You should speak with Dr. Cho and work closely with him to determine whether or not you are likely to have implants fail. Dr. Cho is experienced in dental implants and has placed thousands of them in patients’ mouths here in our La Habra office. While you may be worried about the six-month waiting period before implants are placed, it is worth it. In fact, studies have shown that those patients who wait have a dental implant success rate of up to 97 percent. Those who receive same day implants have a much higher failure rate due to the gums and bone not being completely healed.
Once you reach the six-month healing period, the abutments can be placed on top of the dental implants. From there, you will need to wait for the gums to heal again before crowns can be placed. It is possible for temporary crowns to be placed on top of the abutments and then removed and replaced with permanent crowns when the time comes.
Dental implants will provide you with a new outlook on your smile and can prevent bone loss from occurring, which can lead to facial changes in the future. If you have any questions about dental implants, you should speak with Dr. Cho who can walk you through the process and let you know about any of the risks that may exist for you.
If you would like to schedule a FREE dental implant consultation, call Dr. Kenneth Cho today. We are prepared and ready to provide you with the beautiful smile that you have always wanted. Call us now to schedule your appointment with us.