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Immediate vs. Delayed Dental Implant Placement

Dr. Degel Sep 13, 2018

Implant-supported full denturesIf you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, there are many options to consider when it comes to tooth replacement. While removable appliances are effective, many patients at Astoria Dental Group show interest in dental implants to support these appliances. Implant-supported dentures, bridges, and crowns for missing teeth are sturdy, with a level of hold comparable to natural tooth roots.

Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every Degel can place dental implants immediately or choose delayed implant placement instead. This depends on the needs of the patient. Let’s compare these two approaches to implant placement. We can determine the right option for your needs during a visit to our Queens, NY practice.

About Immediate Implant Placement

If a patient has lost a tooth or multiple teeth recently and has sufficient bone density and soft tissue in place, immediate implant placement seems like an ideal treatment option to consider.

Reasons for Immediate Implant Placement

People tend to get immediate implant placement if they have recently suffer from an injury that resulted in tooth loss or have had to get teeth extracted and require replacement teeth. In essence, immediate means getting the dental implants anchored as soon after tooth loss as possible.

Benefits of Immediate Implant Placement

Immediate implant placement has a number of important benefits, including:

  • No need for multiple visits and later oral surgery
  • Preserves healthy bone and gum tissue
  • Patients experience full function of their teeth
  • Patients experience immediate cosmetic benefits

About Delayed Implant Placement

Delayed implant placement means that the dentist or oral surgeon waits for a while after tooth loss to place dental implants. While most dentists want to replace the missing teeth as soon as possible, sometimes a delayed implant placement is the best option.

Reasons for Delayed Implant Placement

If a patient does not have sufficient bone density or gum tissue in place, delayed placement is necessary to rebuild the reduced hard tissue and soft tissue. This will generally involve bone grafting surgery and gum augmentation. If there is an infection in the area of the mouth where teeth are missing, it is important to bring the infection under control before placing dental implants.

The duration of the delay can vary from patient to patient, though in most cases, addition treatment will proceed two to three months, though it can vary depending on the needs of the patient and the additional work that must be completed before the implants can be placed.

Benefits of Delayed Implant Placement

The primary benefit of delayed implant placement is that it ensures successful implant dentistry treatment in patients who may not otherwise be eligible for care. While the delay in treatment can be a slight issue, the long-term advantages of this strategy are worth keeping in mind. You still receive the benefits of dental implants even if the placement is not immediate.

Learn More About Implant Dentistry

For more information about dental implants and whether or not they are the right option for your needs, we encourage you to contact Astoria Dental Group. Our dentistry specialists are here to help you. You can reach our Queens practice by phone at (718) 557-9305.

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