Dental implant restoration technology has come a long way over the past few years. Once, patients needed to wait several months before they could comfortably use their dental implants. But now, immediate dental implants are possible.
With immediate dental implant restorations, you can use them as you do your natural teeth immediately after placement. Immediate dental implants generally follow tooth extractions.
Here are some common reasons why some patients prefer immediate dental implant restorations.
1. Missing front tooth
If you are missing a front tooth, your appearance will suffer. A gap in your smile will draw attention for the wrong reasons. An immediate dental implant restoration will ensure that you walk out of the dental office with your smile intact.
2. Just one appointment
Because some dentists have the ability to place both the dental implant and the crown in one appointment, you don't have to undergo multiple appointments and months of waiting. As long as your extraction has no complications, you can have an implant restoration and crown in just one appointment.
3. Ability to chew comfortably
If eating fine foods is a hobby of yours, losing a tooth can hinder your ability to eat the foods you enjoy. But with an immediate dental implant, you won't have to give up some of the functionality of your bite. Do remember though, that you won't be able to chew hard foods on your newly placed dental implant. For the first few months, stick to softer foods to allow your implant to heal.
4. Reluctance to wear a denture
Some patients don't like wearing dentures because they can be awkward. They can also cause issues like drooling and lisping. If you don't like the idea of wearing a denture to replace a tooth after an extraction, an immediate dental implant restoration may be a better option for you.
5. Risk of bone loss
The biggest risk of waiting too long to get a dental implant restoration is bone loss. Bone loss occurs naturally following the loss of a tooth. And bone loss can cause premature wrinkles to form around the face due to jawbone shrinkage. To prevent bone loss and its associated side effects, have your dental implant placed immediately following an extraction.
Are you considering immediate dental implants to replace one or more teeth? Then see your dentist for an examination. They can help you to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants