An important consideration when placing an implant, is timing. When should an implant be placed in the jaw bone? how soon can you get your smile back?
There are different situations, that affect the timeline for placing an implant.
An important element that is central to the implant timeline and will affect when and how implant tooth replacement can be achieved in different situations for the permanent replacement of teeth is, complete immobility of the implant components, to allow the process of fusing to bone and healing to occur. Any force that causes even minute movement of the implants in the early healing phase can ruin the integration process, resulting in implant failure.
Implant Placement Timing
When is the next stage? that is placing the teeth on the implants.Single Tooth Replacement
If you are having a single tooth replaced with a dental implant, it is possible to attach a temporary crown to the implant, at the time it is placed. It is essential to avoid biting contact by fabricating the crown so that it does not contact the opposing tooth. This will ensure as far as possible, that the early and fragile process of fusion to bone is not disturbed. When the implant is fully integrated — generally at 2-4 months depending upon the circumstances at placement — a permanent crown can be attached to the implant that can withstand normal biting contact and force.
Replacing All Teeth In One Day
Today’s state-of-the-art implant systems enable a minimum number of implants to support a maximum number of teeth. That means as few as four to six implants can be used to support a full arch (upper or lower jaw) of fixed, non-removable temporary teeth. And this remarkable life-changing event can be accomplished in a single day, but proper planning and case studying is the most important step in the success of such procedure.
Is it worth waiting?
The main thing to keep in mind is that you want your implant tooth replacements to be successful. A few or even several months may seem like a long time to wait, but not when you consider how long your new teeth will last if things go right — and they almost always do: long-term success rates for dental implants according to many clinicians exceed 95%. If things don’t go right, however, it is always a good idea to have that discussion before treatment begins so you understand what the worse case scenario could be. Every situation is different and having a good relationship and understanding with your dental implant team is extremely important for your peace of mind.
It is possible, in the right circumstances, for temporary crowns to be attached to dental implants that have just been placed so that you can have a great-looking smile immediately after your implant surgery. However, it is also sometimes advisable to wait until the implants have fully healed before any replacement teeth are attached.
Far more important than having a temporary smile as fast as possible, is to have permanent replacement teeth that will last for the “rest of your life.” That’s what dental implants were designed to be.
Articles are written by Dr M Hajarat.
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