Emergency Same-Day Dental Implants
Losing a tooth can be distressing, especially when something happens unexpectedly, such as breaking a tooth that cannot be restored. It is even more traumatic when this happens with a front tooth and impacts the natural appearance of the smile. Fortunately, many patients who experience unanticipated tooth loss can have their smile restored quickly with emergency, same-day dental implants.
Patients’ who are candidates for this procedure experience several benefits with immediate tooth replacement. Most importantly, the tooth can be replaced with a dental implant and a temporary crown the same day the tooth is removed. There is less overall treatment time and this leads to a quicker result for patients.
Are you a candidate for immediate tooth replacement?
Advances in dental implant technology over the past decade, such as new implant designs and 3D imaging have made immediate implant placement possible for more patients. However, the procedure is technique sensitive and requires a high level of surgical skill and expertise. The patient must also have healthy bone and gum tissue for the procedure to be successful.
The location of the tooth being replaced can also be also a factor. Since front teeth have only one root, the socket is not substantially larger than a dental implant. However, molars have three roots and therefore, many surgeons prefer to delay placing an implant following tooth removal until the larger socket has time to fill in with bone grafting material. Immediate versus delayed implant placement is something that will be determined by your surgeon and dentist.