Have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to have a tooth extracted and replaced on the very same day? If this thought has crossed your mind, you’re not alone. Many people faced with the daunting prospect of tooth extraction ponder this possibility. But is this combination treatment even an option?
Understanding Tooth Extraction and Replacement
When a tooth is extracted, a process known as jaw bone resorption begins. This shrinking of the jaw bone can shift other teeth out of place, leading to various oral health problems. To mitigate these issues, a dental implant should ideally replace an extracted tooth as soon as possible. Dental implants are unique in that they not only replace the visible chewing surfaces of the teeth but also the roots, effectively preventing jaw bone resorption.
Factors Affecting Same-Day Tooth Replacement
In many cases, a dental implant can be placed during the same appointment as the extraction of the tooth it replaces. However, certain factors might disqualify a patient from receiving immediate dental implant care.
How Far In Advance Was The Tooth Extraction Planned?
One such factor is how far in advance the tooth extraction was planned. If a tooth was extracted in an emergency, there may not have been time to prepare for the dental implant treatment. Conversely, if the extraction was planned in advance, your dental provider would have had ample time to plan your dental implant placement for the same appointment.
Are You Healthy Enough To Undergo Surgery?
Another consideration is your overall health and suitability for surgery. If you have health concerns that may make surgery unsafe, you should inform your dentist. This could potentially disqualify you from immediate dental implant placement – or dental implant placement altogether.
Do You Have Gum Disease?
Additionally, if you have gum disease, this could affect your eligibility for dental implants. Uncontrolled gum disease often leads to implant failure. Therefore, to qualify for dental implant placement (especially immediately after extraction), you must either not have gum disease or have your existing gum disease under strict control.
Do You Have Any Other Health Factors?
Lastly, other health factors that need resolution before implant placement include advanced infection and decay. If you wait too long to have an unhealthy tooth extracted, the infection might spread to the gum or jawbone tissue surrounding that tooth. These conditions must be resolved before implant placement, thereby ruling out immediate placement.
In Motion Dentists: Your Partner in Oral Health
In Motion Dentists is well-equipped to provide both tooth extractions and, if your health allows, immediate tooth replacement with dental implants. Our team of professionals understands the intricacies involved in these procedures and strives to offer successful, comfortable care. Whether you need a tooth extraction or are considering dental implants, we’re here to guide you through the process and ensure optimal outcomes. To learn more about our services and how we can help maintain your beautiful smile, visit our dental implants page.