Delayed Dental Implants
Delayed dental implants replace the root of a lost or extracted tooth. They attach to the jawbone and are not visible above the gum. Implants are made of titanium or a titanium alloy, the most widely used material for dental and other bone implants. Titanium implants are biocompatible, meaning your body won’t reject it.
Your doctor will choose a delayed dental implant procedure when your jawbone requires a major bone graft to support the new tooth implant. An immediate implant allows the extraction and implant to occur during the same visit, but a major bone graft requires healing time before successful placement of the implant.
Delayed Implant Procedure
A delayed dental implant procedure requires numerous visits to your dentist over a period of 6 to 12 months. During the initial treatment, your doctor removes the tooth and completes the bone graft. This is necessary to preserve the bone and gum tissue’s natural contours, and to provide ample support for the new structure.
After healing completes, your periodontist creates an incision in the gum and inserts the dental implant directly into the jawbone. He or she then closes the incision, and you return about a week later for a follow-up examination and removal of your sutures. Over another period of 3 to 6 months, the implant and surrounding bone fuse together in a process called osseointegration.
The final step takes place over two or three office visits. Your doctor attaches an abutment to the implant and takes an impression of the area. The dental lab creates the crown based on this impression, so it’s very important your doctor obtain a good impression to ensure the crown fits properly. Upon completion, the lab sends the crown to your dentist and he or she attaches it to the abutment. Your dentist may schedule a follow-up visit to examine your new tooth.
After the Procedure
After each treatment, your dentist provides instructions regarding oral hygiene and recovery. Follow these instructions exactly to ensure optimum results. Applying ice packs during the first few days after the procedure helps manage bruising, swelling, and minor pain. You may also take pain medication to manage pain or discomfort. To keep the wound clean, rinse your mouth every four hours with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of lukewarm water.
Delayed dental implants cost can vary so please reach out to us if you have any questions.
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