If you have just had a severely decayed or damaged tooth removed, chances are you need to have a replacement for it as soon as possible. One good option that today’s dentistry has to offer for you is a dental implant after extraction. Dental implants, as well as tooth extractions and  other dental procedures we offer at Sydney Dental, are provided with absolute care and expertise from our certified dentists. Before deciding if this type of dental restoration is right for you, let us first guide you through the tooth extraction procedure and the following dental implants. Wait no more, let’s just live in!

dental implant after extration

1. What is tooth extraction and why is it done?

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A tooth extraction, or removal, is a dental procedure carried out to remove your tooth completely from its socket. Certain individuals also refer to it as “tooth pulling”.

Our dental providers at Sydney Dental always try our best to save patients’ original teeth. However, in some cases, other methods like dental fillings or crowns fail to do so. If the tooth is damaged beyond repair, the dentist may recommend an extraction. This includes the following cases:

  • Serious decayed tooth (also known as cavities);
  • A cracked or broken tooth;
  • An impacted tooth;
  • Dental crowding;
  • Gum disease that is getting severe;
  • Misaligned teeth or other dental defects.

2. How is a tooth extraction conducted?

The dental extraction can be a simple or a surgical procedure. What decides the type of the tooth extraction is whether the affected tooth is visible or impacted.

2.1 Simple tooth extraction

The dentist will apply numbing medication around the tooth to save you from pain over the course of the procedure. What you’ll likely feel is pressure. The dentist will then use a specialized tool called an elevator to loosen up the tooth and remove it with forceps.

2.2 Invasive tooth extraction

As it is surgical, there is a high chance that the surgeon will use both local and general anesthesia to make the procedure completely painless and put you at ease. General anesthesia, also called sedation, will keep you asleep during surgery.

When you are well prepared, the dentist will make an incision into your gum. They may need to remove some of the tooth bone or cut the tooth before it is pulled.

dental implant after extration
dental implant after extration

3. What happens now that your tooth is removed?

After your tooth extraction, you’ll notice an empty space between your teeth that feels quite strange. A missing tooth, however, can also lead to changes that take time to show. Without the tooth root, the jawbone underneath will start to decrease in density. This missing jawbone will provide less support for the remaining teeth, increasing the chance of them getting loose and needing an extraction. 

Moreover, the teeth on both sides of the lost tooth will start drifting apart. Not only does this cause aesthetic problems, but it can also harm your chewing ability. Another consequence from this is a misaligned bite. If it remains untreated, it can progress into temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

A really effective and long-lasting way to prevent these complications is getting dental implants to fill the gap. Dental implants play as the substitute roots for your teeth. They bring patients a strong base for permanent or detachable false teeth that are designed to match your original ones. A dental implant usually consists of:

  • A dental implant body, surgically placed in the jawbone to substitute for the tooth’s root;
  • A dental implant abutment, bonded to the implant body via the abutment fixation screw that goes across your gums into the mouth;
  • An ceramic tooth, which is attached to the abutment on top, making the implant one whole functional piece.

4. When can you get dental implants following extraction?

The transition period between a dental extraction and a dental implant replacement differs, depending on certain variables. There are three main approaches to receiving post-extraction dental implants that the dentist may recommend after considering these factors.

4.1 Immediate dental implant after extraction

If the patient has good overall health, healthy gums, and enough jawbone to hold the implants in place, an implant procedure can be carried out shortly after the tooth extraction. 

This means as soon as the tooth is removed, the dentist can proceed to make a cut in your gum and place the implant body into the jaw. 

The patient will have their recovery at home and come back for the second stage of the treatment after several months. This healing time is also referred to as osseointegration, which is the process of the new implant becoming fused with your jawbone. This creates a stable base for the post and the restoration. The osseointegration duration can range from 8 weeks to 9 months, depending on the patient’s immune system and the number of new implants.

Once the implant has anchored securely in the jaw, you will have a follow-up visit with the dental provider to have the abutment placed. The abutment is a part that connects the received implant post to the dental restoration, like an artificial tooth, bridge, or crown.

As your gums around the new abutment is healed, you can come back to the dentist’s to get the dental restoration on top. During the appointment, impressions of your teeth around the implant area and the abutment will be taken to ensure that the restoration is well fitting.

4.2 Early dental implant after extraction

If the reason for your missing tooth is decay or gum infection, you will need to wait for the tissue to heal before receiving dental implants. The surgery, however, must be conducted within three months to prevent post-extraction jaw bone loss. 

The next steps for dental implant replacement are similar to the aforementioned immediate approach, which includes the insertion of the implant body, the abutment, and attachment of the restoration on top when everything has healed well.

4.3 Delayed dental implant after extraction

For patients suffering from a considerably decayed tooth, there is a good chance that they also have some jawbone loss. This is when a bone graft may be required after the dental extraction.

A dental bone graft is a procedure conducted to give your jaw more volume and density where the bone loss has taken place. The graft may be taken from your body or purchased from a human or animal tissue bank. The grafting material can be synthetic as well. 

After being placed, the bone graft will hold space to do its job of repairing the jaw. This means the bone graft is like a root from which your natural bone tissue can start to regrow and regenerate. Up to six months may be required for the grafted bone to grow sufficiently to hold a dental implant. This explains why the dental implant surgery has to wait following a tooth extraction.

dental implant after extration
dental implant after extration

5. How to care for your post-extraction dental implants?

Considering dental implants are like the real deal, proper care includes brushing, flossing, rinsing on a daily basis and periodic oral visits. You can help your dental work — and remaining natural teeth — last longer if you:

Commit to thorough oral hygiene

Try to keep your dental implants, false teeth, and gum tissue clean just like your original teeth by bruising, flossing, and rinsing on a daily basis.

Pay regular visits to the dentist

Have checkups with the dental provider to make sure your implants are functioning properly and healthy. Also receive in-clinic cleanings as advised by the dentist.

Avoid poor dental habits

Avoid chewing on hard foods, like ice or hard candy because these items can cause breakage to your restoration like crows or even your original teeth. Also refrain from tobacco and products containing caffeine to prevent staining of teeth. If you have bruxism, meaning you grind or clench teeth, seek medical attention.

6. A word from Sydney Dental – Your trusted dental provider

Hopefully this read has provided you with a good idea of what it is like to receive a dental implant after a tooth extraction and what options may be available for you. If you are still unsure of which treatment to go with for a new unforgettably stunning smile in your particular case, do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are at 499-501 Ba Hat St, Ward 8, District 10, HCMC looking forward to your visit. You may also call us at (028) 3504 9440 for a free no-obligation comprehensive consultation. Your pretty, shiny smile is 100% guaranteed at Sydney Dental!

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