Dental implants can be provided for patients who have lost their natural teeth due to decay, disease, or trauma. Dental implants can replace a single lost tooth, or multiple lost teeth by supporting bridges or dentures.
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for the natural tooth’s root. They are surgically placed into the jawbone and allowed to integrate for a period of 3 to 6 months. They are usually made up of titanium, and they come in various sizes depending on your bone topography.
When is the best time to talk to us about a dental implant? Before you extract the lost tooth. Any dental implant requires very good bone support. However, once the offending tooth is extracted the bone begins to resorb and the bone support is gradually, but surely, lost with time.
If your dentist knows that you would like to have an implant placed, there are certain precautions and steps to prevent as much bone loss as possible. And sometimes, the implant can even be placed in the same day as the extraction! This is surely the cheapest, the least invasive and the most predictable outcome.