Are dental implants an option for tooth replacement after an extraction?

Are dental implants an option for tooth replacement after an extraction?

Patients who need to have a tooth removed often worry as much about the tooth replacement as they do about the extraction procedure.

Indeed, the decision on a tooth replacement is a significant one. Patients want a prosthetic that looks and feels life-like, as well as one that approximates the functionality of the natural tooth that has been removed.

Patients have a number of treatment options to consider when planning to replace missing teeth, and it often makes sense to consult with an oral surgeon to learn more about dental implants as part of that decision-making process.

Dental implants offer a structurally complete tooth replacement that involves a root-like structure in addition to a prosthetic crown (or bridge or denture). Because it replaces the entire structure of the missing tooth, it is more durable and stable and helps to preserve the jawbone’s integrity. These qualities appeal to many patients.

Alternatives like dentures and bridges do not replace the underlying root structure, and as such, the jawbone often continues to wear away when these appliances are used to replace missing teeth.

The patient’s unique circumstances will determine whether the patient can pursue dental implants following a tooth extraction. If you are able to do so before the extraction, you may want to meet with an oral surgeon to learn if dental implants will be an option for you after extraction.

If the patient’s case is appropriate, the oral surgeon may be able to place the dental implant on the same day that the tooth is extracted, minimizing the amount of time that a patient must spend with a noticeable gap in the smile.

Alternatively, an oral surgeon may also place dental implants a few weeks after extraction to give the soft tissues more time to heal, or delay implant placement even longer to allow the bone to heal completely before proceeding with dental implants.

Bone quality is a significant consideration in determining whether a patient qualifies for dental implants and the timing of implant placement. The patient must have adequate bone to facilitate the implant’s fusing with the bone for long-term dental implant success.

Dental implants often are a tooth replacement option for patients who undergo a tooth extraction. Consult with our oral surgeon to learn if this treatment is appropriate in your case. Call 434-295-0911 for an appointment.