With proper dental implant placement, long term success rates soar above 90% and are improving year by year. The process requires some time and dedication for the implant to fully osseointegrate with the bone structure of the mouth. Successful placement offers patients a long term solution to improve dental health.
Placement of dental implants is a multi-phase process. Once tooth extraction has been performed, ensuring the ridge is preserved becomes paramount. Ridge preservation techniques help maintain and grow bone structure to properly support the dental implant. This is a major factor in determining if the dental implant will be placed with enough stability to be successful over the long term.
Placement with Ridge Preservation
For dental implant placement to work, the jaw bone must have the density and strength to hold the implant. Many times this bone density is not present, especially in treating teeth that have suffered extreme levels of decay.
To counteract this bone weakness, ridge preservation is employed to strengthen the jaw bone. Typically, bone grafting offers the greatest results in preserving the oral ridge. This is the process of filling the empty tooth socket with bone or bone fragments. Bone tissue has the ability to integrate these fragments into the larger structure. This technique can increase both the width and height of the bone ridge to provide sufficient jaw structure to support the placement of the implant.
Dental Implant Procedure Video Education
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Timing of Placement for Dental Implant Posts
The titanium post that is implanted in the jaw acts as an artificial root for the prosthetic restoration. This post is surgically placed following the extraction of the decayed tooth. Depending on the patient, three different approaches can be used for successful placement.
Immediate – The immediate placement of the implant post can be done when bone density is sufficient. Early placement in this case helps to prevent atrophy of the alveolar process, which is the bony portion of the jaw also known as the dental ridge.
Delayed – With this method, the implant post is placed anywhere from 14 to 90 days after tooth extraction. The delay becomes necessary when the extraction site shows signs of infection. The presence of infection in the implant site creates a high risk factor for failure of the dental implant.
Late – When a patient is required to wait over 90 days after tooth extraction for implant placement, it is referred to as late implantation. This technique is necessary when a patient’s ridge or alveolar process requires repair before it can properly support the implant. Once bone grafting or other ridge preservation methods are complete, the jaw then has the strength for successful implantation.
Placement of Dental Implants
The professionals in Dr. Ueckert’s office have advanced training in dental implant placement procedures. If you have questions about dental implants and their placement, contact the office today to schedule a consultation.