Immediate vs. Delayed Implant Placement

When you choose dental implants, one of the key decisions you and your Cleveland Implant Institute care team will make is the timing of the implant placement. Understanding the difference between immediate and delayed placement can help you make an informed decision about your dental care. Here’s what to know before you go in for your first consultation.

Immediate implant placement

Immediate implant placement involves placing the dental implant post directly into the socket of a recently extracted tooth. This procedure can often be completed in a single visit, immediately following the extraction.

Since the implant is placed immediately after extraction, the overall treatment timeline is shortened. Plus, immediate placement can help preserve the jawbone and maintain the natural contour of your gums and bone. Finally, combining the extraction and implant placement into one procedure means fewer surgical appointments.

However, Dr. Mike will consider two major factors. First, immediate placement requires sufficient bone density and volume to ensure the stability of the implant. We will assess your bone structure to determine if this approach is suitable for you. Second, while immediate placement can be convenient, it may carry a slightly higher risk of complications if the surrounding bone or tissue is not ideal for supporting the implant.

Delayed implant placement

Delayed implant placement, also known as staged placement, involves waiting a few months after tooth extraction before placing the implant post. This approach allows the extraction site to heal and the bone to regenerate before the implant is inserted.

The waiting period allows the bone and soft tissues to heal completely, providing a more stable foundation for the implant. Delayed placement also offers more time to customize the treatment plan based on how the extraction site heals, potentially leading to better long-term outcomes.

The main drawback is that the overall process takes longer, as it involves a healing period after extraction before the implant can be placed. This also requires at least two separate procedures—one for the extraction and one for the implant placement.

Which option is best for you?

The choice between immediate and delayed implant placement depends on several factors. Here are a few key points your care team will consider:

  • Bone quality and quantity: Adequate bone density is crucial for the success of an immediate implant. If your bone is not sufficient, bone grafting may be recommended, which can influence the timeline.
  • Oral health: If you have gum disease or other oral health issues, these conditions need to be addressed before proceeding with implant placement. This may favor a delayed approach.

During your first consultation, we will conduct a thorough examination, including dental X-rays, to evaluate your bone structure and overall oral health. Based on this assessment, we can then recommend the best approach tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Choosing between immediate and delayed implant placement is a decision that can impact the longevity of your dental implant. By understanding the benefits and considerations of each option, you, Dr. Mike and your Cleveland Implant Institute care team can make an informed decision. Call today to get started.

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