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Can Dental Implants Be Placed Right Away?

Is it possible to have crowns and dental implants placed right away? Yes. Does it increase risk of implant failure? Not necessarily. It may even help.

Two Approaches to Dental Implants

Dental Crowns by Bin im Garten on WikicommonsThere are two approaches to restoring dental implants (placing the crown on them). In the traditional approach, your dental implant is placed in the jawbone, then allowed to heal for several months before the dental crown is placed on top. This is intended to allow the implant to fully integrate with your jawbone before it is subjected to the forces of biting and chewing.

In the other approach, called immediate loading–often marketed under names like teeth in a day or teeth by tonight–your dental implants are immediately topped with a dental crown so that they can be used for chewing and subjected to bite force right away.

How Immediate Loading Can Help

Immediate loading may actually help promote bone healing. Your body decides how much bone to build in places based on the amount of stimulation it receives. This is why your jawbone may lose volume if you have your teeth removed, and some tooth replacement solutions like dental bridges and dentures may not be as good for jawbone health.

Studies have shown that in some cases immediate loading improves bone density. Immediate loading may not only give you your results faster, it may give better results.

Proper Management Is Vital

Bite force can stimulate jawbone growth, but it can also lead to dental implant failure. The difference depends on how the force is applied. Excessive or irregular bite force can be bad for your dental implants. In order to get optimal results, it’s important to set up your dental implants so they receive the proper amount of bite force and it’s not too irregular or coming in from the side or other unexpected direction.

It’s Not for Everyone

Immediate loading is good for some candidates, but it’s not good for everyone. Factors like gum disease and your current jawbone density will impact your fitness for immediate loading of your dental implants. An unhealthy bite may also make it unwise for use to give you  immediate loading dental implants.

If you want to learn whether you’re right for immediate loading of dental implants, please call 619-299-5925 for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in San Diego today.

By |April 16th, 2014|Dental Implants|