Dental Implants Following Tooth Extraction

If you are getting a single tooth or multiple teeth extracted, then replacing them with dental implants may prevent certain dental problems. Missing teeth not only affect your appearance, especially if those extracted are visible when you smile, but tooth loss can also affect your pattern of speech and cause other oral problems. Here are some things to consider about getting dental implants following tooth extractions. 

When To Get Your Implants

The timing for getting your dental implants following tooth extractions may depend on why you needed the extractions in the first place. For example, if your teeth were pulled because of severe gum disease or an infection, the soft tissue and sockets will need to be completely healed before your metal rods can be inserted into your jawbone.

If the implants are not placed as soon as your soft tissue has healed, significant bone loss of the jaw can develop, which may raise your risk for implant failure. Because of this, your dentist may recommend not waiting longer than a few months after your soft tissue has healed from your extracted teeth to get your dental implants.

If your teeth were extracted because they were severely abscessed or as a result of extensive decay, an oral surgeon may need to perform a grafting process on your jaw before you can get your implants. Bone grafts help strengthen your jawbone so that it can effectively support your titanium rods so that they do not move out of place.

Shifting Prevention

If your extracted teeth are not replaced with dental implants, the empty spaces may cause your other teeth to shift out of place. This can lead to crowded teeth and severe chewing and bite problems. Crowded teeth increase your risk of developing gum disease and cavities because when your teeth are too close together, you may not be able to floss and brush effectively.

Crowding can lead to calculus development under your gums and the sides of your teeth. Calculus, also called tartar, develops when plaque is not quickly removed from the teeth. If plaque is left on the teeth, it hardens and eventually turns into calculus. 

If you have scheduled a tooth extraction appointment with your dentist, consider the above benefits of getting dental implants to fill the empty spaces. Once your restorative dental procedure has been completed you will enjoy the benefits of your dental implants for many years to come. 

For more information on dental implants, contact a professional near you.