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What You Need to Know About Dental Implant Timelines

Missing teeth can be unsightly and cause you to have a decline in the way you feel about yourself. Dental implants have been one of the most popular options for replacement and you may have even seen them advertised on both TV and online. While these advertisements are catchy and they promise you same-day implants or implants in under an hour, there are some problems with that statement. Remember, nothing sturdy was ever built in a day. Think about Rome. Think about the highway in Brentwood. Dental implants may be the right option for you, but same-day implants may not. Below, we will talk about the dental implant timelines and what to expect.

The Beginning

Dental implants have not been around forever, but they have been around for a few decades now. They were first developed to replace missing teeth in a patient’s mouth. They were often used as an alternative for dentures, especially for patients who did not want dentures. This option was one of the better options because it fought back against bone loss and deterioration of bone. When dentures were used, they would press down onto the gums and this could lead to bone loss in the jaw, especially on the lower portion. This could then lead to facial changes and the way the dentures fit in the mouth overall.

This tooth replacement option fuses to the bone in your jaw and will create a sturdy foundation for the posts. Once the posts have been placed into the jaw, the bone will remain and will not deteriorate anymore. Patients who have already experienced bone loss are able to benefit from this procedure as well.

Dental Implants in Today’s World

The very first dental implants that were designed were thought to be more functional than anything, but as time moved on and dental technology advanced, the dental implants of today are used to create beautiful smiles and they are more than just functional in the mouth.

One of the considerations that Dr. Luu will need to observe is whether or not placing the dental implants in your mouth are worth it. There is a failure rate that does exist and each patient needs to be evaluated first because the timeline of when the implants are placed matters.

If a dental implant is placed into the mouth too soon, then bone loss can occur and may lead to serious facial changes. Once the implants are placed in the mouth, force must not occur, as any movement of the post can lead to shifting or even bone loss.

Implant Placement Timeline

There are different stages when implants can be placed within the mouth. It is important that you work closely with Dr. Luu to make sure your implants are placed at the correct time to ensure success.
1. Immediate Placement in the Mouth
Immediate placement of dental implants in the mouth will achieve the desired result you want instantly, but it is not always the best choice. This procedure is performed as soon as the teeth are extracted from the mouth, so there is no healing time for the bone or gums prior to the implant being placed. If the procedure does not heal properly, bone loss can occur and the implants can fail.
2. Early Placement with Gum Tissue in the Healing Process
Implants will be placed into the mouth at this point when the extraction sites have had four to eight weeks of time to heal. This timeline will allow the gums to heal a bit and no wounds will be present. When an implant is placed directly into the socket, it will need to receive some type of gum tissue seal to help make the implant sturdy.
3. Placement with Healing and Partial Bone Present
Implants placed into the socket at this stage will take place between the two to four month-stage. At this time, there will be some bone present in the socket. It is possible that some patients may be able to receive their dental implants at this time, but they may need some grafting procedures done if bone loss occurs. Placing implants at this stage can lead to some bone loss.
4. Late Placement Once All Bone Is Healed
Placement of implants will occur at the four to six-month mark and at this stage, all of bone and gums will be healed. This is the best time to place the implants because there is a less likely chance that bone loss will occur. Patients who receive their implants at this stage have the best rate of success with them.

Dental Implants Can Be Successful

One of the things you need to keep in mind is that dental implants are not always a success and there are reasons why yours may fail. It is important to speak with Dr. Luu to find out whether or not you are a good candidate and what may make your implants fail. Dr. Luu has placed many dental implants here in our Brentwood office and would love to work closely with you to ensure you have the smile you want. Implants that are placed in the latest stage have the highest rate of success, which is somewhere between 95 to 97 percent.

Dental implants will improve the overall look of your teeth. While it may seem like six months is a long time to wait, it is not that long when you think about the success rate to follow. If you need immediate dental implants, you should speak with Dr. Luu to discuss the potential issues that may arise with them.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Luu, contact Fairview Dental today for a FREE dental implant consultation. We want you to have a beautiful smile and will do what we can to make sure that happens. Call our Brentwood office today to schedule your consultation.