Delayed implants are commonly used to restore one or more missing teeth. This treatment is usually a two-stage procedure that firstly involves placing the implant in your jawbone and then covering it up with gum. A healing period of about three to six months is required before the implant is uncovered and abutment and crown are fitted.
Immediate dental implants
Alternately, immediate implant surgery places the implant, abutment, and restoration all in the same appointment. This is becoming an increasingly popular option for patients who do not wish to wait months for their replacement tooth.
However, this option is not suitable for all patients. You must be in good dental health, with teeth and gums free from infection. Your jawbone must also be strong enough to support the pressure of immediate implants. If you’re interested in this treatment, visit our clinic to determine if it’s suitable for you.
The obvious advantage of immediate teeth implants is that they remove the need for a replacement tooth while you allow the bone to fuse with the implant. You can therefore enjoy a beautiful new smile without the wait.
The biggest advantage of delayed teeth implants, however, is the period of osseointegration that allows the implant and jaw to fuse completely. This provides a strong foundation for the replacement tooth, which is crucial to the success of your implants. For this reason, these implants have a higher success rate.
Alternately, immediate implants have a greater risk of failure. They inhibit osseointegration by putting undue force on the jaw and the implant, which prevents healing. If the implant and bone tissue fail to fuse, the implant will become loose. This increases the risk of complications and failure of the implant, potentially causing you pain, as well as wasting valuable time and money.
Although the delayed healing period may seem too long to wait, it can increase the chances of the lifelong success of the implants. Delayed teeth implants also tend to be more affordable than immediate teeth implants, although this depends on your individual dentist. To find out if immediate or delayed implants are right for you, book an appointment with us today.