My dentist says I might need to undergo a two-step implant placement process. Why is this?
The loss of a tooth or tooth extraction from a dentist can leave the sockets that the teeth used to occupy empty. Leaving the sockets empty can result in it being filled with bone tissue. Unless the tooth loss if fixed immediately, the socket will be filled up, and thereby, make it necessary for patients to undergo an implant placement, which comprises a two-step process.
What will happen during the two-step process?
In this process, initially the jawbone is prepared for the implants through the creation of a new socket. A small opening will be drilled into the jawbone to make way for the implant. After it has been inserted, the implant will be covered with gum tissue. Over the following months, it will fuse with the bone tissue. This process comprising bone integration, or osseointegration, serves as a solid foundation that will ensure lifelong function. During the next phase of the process, the implant will get uncovered and an abutment will be affixed to the implant post. Another few weeks of healing will be required so that the gums can heal around the abutment. Then a permanent restoration will be fixed to this small abutment leading to the final smile restoration.
Can you tell me about immediate implants?
Since the socket is already vacant and ready right after the tooth extraction from the dentist, it may be the perfect time for the placement of an implant. Placing an implant immediately will not only eliminate the need for a second step but it will also help facilitate a quicker osseointegration process. With this treatment option, patients can enjoy their new smile right away!