In some cases it is possible to extract a tooth and place an implant at the time of extraction. This technique is called Immediate Implant placement. This procedure carries several advantages including decreased time of treatment and fewer surgical procedures. Wherever possible, Doctor’s Grossberg, Todes and Kalos will consider this option if it is in your best interest.
Immediate implants may also have certain drawbacks. If the tooth to be extracted is not in the ideal position, then it may affect the final outcome of the restoration. In addition, it is important that any infection that may be present at the time of extraction is resolved as this may affect the success of implant placement. Whilst many teeth at the front of the mouth have only one root and are suitable for immediate implant placement, this does not necessary apply to teeth at the back of the mouth that have several roots.
In order to assess if you are a suitable candidate for Immediate Implant placement, radiographs will need to be taken to assess your root anatomy. The decision as to immediate implant placement is also often made at the time of extraction of the tooth.
In some cases, it may also be possible to place a restoration on the immediate implant. This is termed Immediate Loading. Factors that may influence this decision are:
- The amount of bone available for implant placement.
- The way that your teeth come together and the forces they made exert on the newly placed implant(s).
Doctor’s Grossberg, Todes and Kalos will be happy to consider this option to decide if the treatment is appropriate for your situation.