Bone Graft & Immediate Implant
Tooth loss requires urgent attention. It cannot wait. Even if part of a tooth has broken off, you need to call or visit your dentist immediately as the rest of the tooth is compromised. Even if part of the tooth seems to be standing erect, it can fall out easily enough. Dentures, dental implants, and bridges are the most popular forms of restoration when teeth are lost. Among them dental implants are the most reliable method of restoration, as they are more durable and become part of the mouth. However, the traditional method of implant dentistry takes time. The empty tooth socket needs to be cleaned and the surrounding tissue given time to heal before the implant is placed. Then until the implant is fused to the jawbone, nothing else will proceed. This fusing takes a few weeks to a few months.
What is an immediate implant?
Currently there is a technique to place an implant without the wait. An immediate single implant can be performed for a missing tooth that had one root (front teeth and middle back teeth or premolars). This type of tooth is less cumbersome to replace because the healing happens quicker as only one tooth root is present in the gum. A bone grafting is usually needed for single implants.
Many implants are roundish. If molars go missing, the empty tooth socket will be rectangular or oval. When a round immediate implant is placed into an oval or rectangular tooth socket, a small gap or void will exist. It is not possible to avoid such a gap so the only thing to do is to seal it off. This is where a bone graft becomes necessary. If that is not done, the gum or the soft tissue will move to fill in the gap. If however the void is tiny, then it will naturally become filled up with bone and no bone graft is needed.