Timelines for Dental Implants and Replacing Missing Teeth

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What to Know About Dental Implant Timelines

Whether you are missing one or more teeth, you have likely heard about a tooth replacement option that can help you – dental implants. If you have seen dental implants advertised on TV or the Internet, then you have likely read the promise that they can do the implants the SAME day or within just a couple of hours. While this sounds like a wonderful plan, it is not always the best move for you and it is important that you work with Dr. Riopelle to understand which implant timeline works best for you. Sturdy implants cannot just be placed into your mouth the moment your teeth are extracted without some risk associated with them. Below, we will go over some of the different dental implant timelines and what you need to know about dental implants.

The First Dental Implants

Dental implants were introduced to the dental world just a few decades ago and they were the best alternative for patients who needed dentures. One of the reasons why dental implants were important is because they prevent bone loss. Dentures place pressure on the jaw and will cause the bone to deteriorate and waste away. When this occurs, the dentures do not fit properly, especially on the bottom jaw. The result is dentures that do not work the way you need them to.

Dental implants are known as a tooth replacement option and they work by fusing to the bone in your jaw to create a solid foundation for the post, which acts as an artificial root. Once the post is in place, the deterioration of bone will cease to exist. Dental implants were created to help maintain the facial form and provide an alternative to dentures.

Dental Implants Now

Dental implants were originally created to be functional, but in today’s world, they serve more of a purpose than that. In fact, they are now used to provide patients with a beautiful smile while maintaining their facial form and fighting against bone loss.

When you want to receive dental implants, you will need to take some time and talk to Dr. Riopelle. He will be able to work with you to determine if you are a good candidate for implants and he will help determine the proper placement timeline. If the wrong timeline is chosen, implant failure can occur.

Implant Timelines Are Important

There are several stages at which implants can be surgically placed in your mouth and it is important that you work closely with Dr. Riopelle to determine the best timeframe to ensure healing. Here are some of the most important timeline.

Immediate Placement

Immediate placement of any dental implants is when the implant post is placed into the socket the moment the teeth are extracted. This procedure is not always the best choice for patients because it does have a high failure risk associated with it and that is because the implants may not heal correctly. If the bone does not properly fuse, the implants will fail. This timeline is also not always a good idea because the gums may recede and if this occurs, patients will need to have a grafting procedure performed.

Early Placement

Early placement occurs about four to eight weeks after the extraction of teeth has occurred. There will be some gum tissue healing at this point, but there is no bone present in the socket. Implants that are placed at this timeline can be successful and gum recession is unlikely to occur, but it can happen. If implants are placed at this time, they will need to be protected with a gum tissue seal.

Placement with Partial Bone Healing Present

Implants that are placed into sockets at this time will be done so when there is some partial bone present. This process occurs two to four months after extractions have been done. It is possible that a patient can have success with their dental implants at this timeline, as there is bone present, but if the implants do not heal properly, then bone loss can occur.

Late Placement

Late placement of dental implants is the best time for implants to be placed and will occur four to six months after the extractions have been performed. This is the best time for patients to receive the implants because there is full bone present and it is unlikely that the implants will fail. This timeline ensures that the foundation for the implants is sturdy.

Success of Your Dental Implants

The success of your dental implants will depend on when they are placed. If an implant is placed in the mouth too early, it can fail and the failure rate is quite high. If the implants fail, the procedure can be repeated, but you will need to wait until the bone is healed. You should always explore all possibilities and alternative procedures with Dr. Riopelle before you choose to have implants.

The best time to have dental implants placed is at the late placement stage when there is the highest rate of success. While six months may seem like a long time to wait, the success rate is up to 97 percent at this point. You are more likely to experience dental implant success and not have any future problems.
If you do need to have immediate dental implants, talk to Dr. Riopelle about the procedure. It is possible to also have an early placement performed with temporary crowns in the even you do not need immediate placement.

If you would like to discuss your options with Dr. Riopelle, call Dr. Garth B. Riopelle, DDS today. We cannot wait to see you in our San Ramon office. Dr. Riopelle has performed many dental implant procedures and we have the tools and equipment needed on site to ensure your implant procedure is done properly and at the correct time. Call our San Ramon, CA office today to schedule your FREE dental implant consultation with us.

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