Immediate implant is a practice in dentistry that shortens treatment time significantly. On average, it can take anywhere between 8 to 12 months to complete dental implants. Which is a lengthy period.
Here’s what a traditional dental implant constitutes:
1- Treatment Period
During this stage your dentist will assess your mouth. If they detect the presence of inflammation in the gum or the root, you opt for treatment period before dental implant.
Depending on how severe your infection is you may need 2-3 weeks of healing.
2- Bone Grafting (Not Always Necessary)
If your bone density is weak, and only then you may need a bone graft. Consider All-On-4 dental implants if you need this step but wish to you skip it.
Bone grafting requires 3-4 months of healing.
3- Implant Surgery
The implant surgery is when your dentist drills through your gum and inserts the implant. This step alone requires 3 months of healing.
4- Crown Placement
You can opt for instant crowns which are crafted immediately using the CEREC high-tech method. You also have the traditional method which usually takes 3 weeks to design and make your crowns.
How Do Immediate Implants Work?
The concept of immediate implants is to overlook the treatment period and get right on with the surgery. For instance, if you have an inflammation or an infected root, your dentist will treat this then immediately begin with implant surgery.
Because most patients don’t want to wait too long for their crown, you can opt for immediate placement of the crown.
With CEREC you don’t just get the temporary crown, you get a customized color-matched ceramic crown that works and behaves exactly like natural teeth.
Pros & Cons of Immediate Implants
The pros of immediate dental implants are obvious. You get your smile in a day and it saves you months of treatment and numerous dental visits.
The crown is customized as per your dental measurements using the CEREC technology.
The cons of immediate implants are more about risks really. For example, usually patients wait until the root fuses with the bone before placing the crown. Incase it doesn’t fuse well, you only lose the costs for the surgery.
In any case these risks are extremely low, but if with the immediate implant your teeth don’t fuse with the jawbone, then you have to re-do surgery. And then you have to place the same crown again.
Are Immediate Implants Safe?
Several publishers studies show that there isn’t much difference between delayed or immediate implants. In fact, immediate implants add more benefits by shortening treatment time.
Overall they’re a very safe and time-efficient option.