Dental implant treatment is currently the best option for missing tooth replacement for single, multiple or a commplete set of teeth. Standard dental implant treatment involves loading the implants after 3 to 6 months after the initial treatment procedure. This amount of time is required for the bone and gums to bond with the dental implants.
This timeframe of 3 to 6 months is a huge disadvantage for some patients, even though there are temporary solutions, such as removable prostheses.
Immediate dental implant loading timeframe
Often patients find the the amount of time required for standard dental implant surgery too long and the offered temporary replacement prothesis too uncomfortable. If you are one of these patients you might consider undergoing immediate dental implant placement. Even though the name of the treatment suggests it is immediate, the placement usually takes place within 24 to 48 hours or, in some cases, might be from 3 days to a week.
Candidates for Immediate implant loading
Even though immediate dental implant placement is becoming a fairly common technique for replacing missing teeth, not everybody can be a canditate for such treatment. The requirments for immediate loading treatments are strict as serious risk is involved if the patient jaws are not healthy enough.
First of all, there must be sufficient bone to support the immediate placement of implants. Other requirments include both good general and dental health. Smokers are routinely disqualified from immediate placement treatment, as are those with conditions affecting the immune system or with impared healing abilities.
Other conditions that also might interfere with immediate dental implant loading are jaw clenching or bruxism, the involuntary grinding of the teeth. These conditions will subject implants to additional pressure.
Benefits of immediate dental implant placement
- Reduced timeframe
The traditional dental implant procedure takes from 3 to 6 six months for completion. With the immediate option you will have your new teeth ready in 1 day to a week.
- Just one surgery
Immediate loading requires only one surgical procedure as the implant, abutment and temporary crown are all loaded during the same operation.
- Gum tissue shaping
The gum tissue is shaped by the temporary crown which closely resembles the permanent crown, so when it is finally placed it fits well and the aesthetic results are excellent.
- Great smile without the usual issues
Because the implants are placed immediately you will avoid problematic dentures which can fall out during social gatherings or while eating.
Risks of immediate dental implant loading
- Even the slightes mobility could cause failure
To ensure the success of the immediate dental implant loading procedure, the implant must remain completely immobile during the process of bone integration. Even the slightest movement can increase the risk of failure.
- Only for specific cases
In order to ensure success, the bone has to be dense and strong and to be able to withstand a torque of 35 N/cm². In the lower jaw, where the bone is denser and stronger, this normally presents no problem, but the procedure is often not recommended for the weaker, less strong upper jaw.
- Surgery always entails risks
roblems with immediate dental implant placement can be caused by various issues. The implant could fail to integrate with the bone or the gum tissue could become infected. Implants can also fail if they are subjected excessive pressure.