My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
Living with a gap in your mouth due to a missing tooth can be embarrassing, but you might not have to let that tooth hurt your self-esteem. If you are scheduled to have a tooth removed from your mouth, for whatever reason, you might be able to get a dental implant placed in your mouth right away. If you can do this, you will not have to worry about feeling embarrassed and insecure from having a missing tooth. Here are several things to know about the timing a dentist will use when installing a dental implant after a tooth extraction.
Immediate replacement works well with non-molar teeth
To qualify for an immediate dental implant after an extraction, the tooth that is being removed will probably need to be a non-molar tooth. In other words, if you are getting a canine or incisor tooth removed, your dentist may be able to insert an implant into your jawbone during the same visit used to have the tooth extracted. This is primarily because the jawbone needed to support one of these teeth is not as crucial as what is needed to support a molar implant. After a dentist removes a molar tooth, the trauma from the extraction might weaken the bone slightly. In this case, it is typically better to wait for the bone to heal completely before inserting an implant.
It cannot be done if there is an infection present
A second factor that can affect this option involves times when there is an infection present. Putting an implant anywhere is a person's mouth when an infection is present is asking for trouble. Infections in the mouth and bone can heal quickly if they are treated with antibiotics, but they will have trouble healing if there is a foreign object in the way. If your dentist had planned on inserting an implant immediately after an extraction, he or she would not be able to if there is an infection in your mouth.
You will still need a permanent crown in either case
Whether your dentist is able to insert the implant immediately after the extraction of if he or she needs to wait for a few months, you will still need to plan on returning to the dental clinic to get your permanent crown. When an implant is placed in your mouth, a temporary crown will be attached to it. The temporary crown will keep the area clean and will help prevent the gap from moving or adjusting. A dental lab will then make the permanent crown for your mouth, and you will have to return in several weeks to have the temporary one removed and the permanent one put in place.
Dental implants offer long-term, durable options for replacing missing teeth. If you need to schedule an appointment for a dental implant, contact an implant clinic today. To learn more about dental implants or other reconstructive dental options, contact Wallington Dental.