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When is the Best Time for Implants?

Dental implants are the best option if you’ve lost a tooth and want a natural-looking replacement. They not only look, feel, and act like natural teeth, but they also require little upkeep and last a long time. 

But you already knew that, and now you’re asking when this treatment should be performed. How critical is it to make a dental implant appointment as soon as possible? The quick answer is very- time is essential!

Why is it best to replace missing teeth immediately?

Your teeth and jaw are in a healthy connection and rely on one another. The jaw supports the teeth, and the teeth stimulate the jaw. The body begins to eliminate the jawbone after a tooth is lost since it is no longer needed. In other words, when there are no teeth to support, the body considers the excess jawbone material and diverts nutrients elsewhere. Similarly, the stimulus produced by the tooth is what causes the jaw to bulk up. The bone will break down without it!

The Process of Aging is Sped Up by Bone Loss

Bone resorption is the normal process of bone deterioration that begins when a tooth is lost. The remodeling of the bone is the first thing that happens, followed by the weakening of the jawbone’s bony ridge. Our profiles shift as we lose bone in our faces, and our faces take on a concave, decreasing impression, making us appear older.

When it comes to dental implants, they require the same amount of jawbone support as natural teeth. So, if you put off getting an implant, you’ll have less bone since it’ll have started to deteriorate. In contrast, a jawbone bulk will be optimal for implant placement if one has an implant right after losing a tooth. It’s best if you get an implant right after having a tooth taken, just like one would if one were replacing a natural tooth.

Exceptions, Anyone?

Infection: It’s ideal to receive your dental implants right away, but if you have an infection, you may have to wait. Because infections might lead to implant failure, we must first treat the infection before implant placement. Infections affect your jaw, whether they’re in your tooth or your gums, so we’d treat the infection first to set you up for dental implant success.

Bone Loss: The good news is that getting dental implants is never too late. The quicker you get them, the less complicated the process will be. If you’ve already waited, it is possible to graft in more bone, strengthening up your jaw, offering the best conditions for a positive outcome.

Dental Implants with Dr. Pollock

Dental implants are an innovative dental method to secure your dental bridge or dentures in place. If you are ready for the dental implant process, contact our office today! We will work with you one-on-one and provide exceptional service throughout the entire length of treatment. Contact Dr. Pollock at Rockwall Oral Surgery to schedule a dental implant consultation. We are available by phone at (469) 264-8921 or email at info@dentalimplantsurgery.com.