Did you know that a tooth can be replaced with a dental implant immediately after it is extracted? In fact, it is often better to complete your dental implant procedure as soon as possible after your tooth is extracted to ensure there is sufficient bone left for the dental implants to be placed.
When a missing or extracted tooth is left without a substitute tooth root in its place, the gum and bone tissue around the missing tooth begin to deteriorate due to a lack of stimulation. If, however, a dental implant is placed in its stead, the bone and gum tissue is stimulated and should not experience any loss.
Dental extraction and dental implant procedure
First, we will need to determine whether or not the impacted, decaying or damaged tooth can be saved through traditional periodontal disease treatment procedures or a root canal. Our board-certified periodontist will conduct a complete assessment of the health of your teeth and gums using advanced dental equipment during your initial consultation with us to determine the best treatment options available to you.
Next, we will map out your customized treatment plan, which may include a root canal procedure, tooth extraction and dental implant placement, or other procedures to treat periodontal disease and its effects.
If a dental implant is needed, we will assess whether or not there is enough bone in your jaw to support a dental implant using CT scans and X-ray technology. Typically, at least 1 mm of bone is required around each side of the dental implant for it to be placed securely. Once a tooth is extracted, there is usually enough bone to complete the dental implant procedure immediately. If there is not enough bone in your jaw to support an implant, however, bone grafting may be required to gradually regenerate the bone to sufficient levels before the dental implant is placed.
When a tooth is missing or extracted, the gums and bone tissue around the missing tooth begin to gradually deteriorate. This causes one’s facial structure – particularly around the lower jaw – to sag and wrinkle. This deterioration can also make other surrounding teeth unstable and fall out, causing even more damage to otherwise healthy teeth. Dental implants not only stops this deterioration, but they can also reverse tissue decay by stimulating the gums and jaw, which prompts the tissues to regenerate naturally.
To avoid further damage to your surrounding teeth and tissues, it is always best to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible after it has gone missing or extracted. If you have a missing tooth or are in need of a tooth extraction and dental implant, contact our office today to get started on your custom treatment plan today!