Patients that have missed years’ worth of dental appointments may have a cavity, root canal infection, or periodontal infection that went untreated. Unfortunately, these conditions can result in tooth loss if they are allowed to progress. At Texas Denture Clinic, Dr. Clark Damon has treated many patients that require the extraction of unhealthy teeth. He may recommend extraction if the tooth has sustained so much damage that it can no longer support a restoration. For these patients, Dr. Damon also offers implant dentistry services to replace missing teeth. With tooth extraction and dental implants, Dr. Damon can restore your oral health, dental function, and appearance. To learn more about dental implants after tooth extraction, read on, and then contact our Fort Worth, TX dental practice.
During your tooth extraction procedure, we will administer anesthesia. We may use IV sedation, or a combination of local anesthesia and an oral sedative or nitrous oxide, to keep you comfortable during treatment. Once you are sufficiently sedated, we will carefully extract the tooth, taking care not to damage the tooth socket. If we can preserve the health of the tooth socket, we may be able to place your dental implant at the same time as the tooth extraction procedure.
Timing Your Dental Implant Procedure
Your dental implant may be placed immediately or a few months after your tooth extraction procedure.
Immediate Implant Placement
The best-case scenario is to place the dental implant into the tooth socket after the tooth is extracted. However, we will only recommend this approach if the ideal conditions allow for it. These conditions include:
- The tooth root that is removed is not be infected
- There is no bone loss around the root
- There is good bone density around the socket
- The configuration of the socket, including its width, depth, and angle, will allow for stable implant placement
During an immediate placement procedure, we will place the implant in the socket left by the extracted tooth root. Dr. Damon will carefully place an appropriately sized implant so it is stable and non-movable. Over the next few months, the jawbone and soft tissues of the mouth will grow around the implant, anchoring it into place.
Delayed Implant Placement
Delayed implant placement may be recommended if the tooth root was infected, the bone surrounding the socket is damaged or lost, or the implant won’t be stable and non-movable in the socket.
If the tooth root is infected, all signs of disease and damage must be eliminated before an implant can be placed. Otherwise, the risk of implant rejection is increased. We may perform a deep cleaning procedure or prescribe antibiotics to control the infection.
If the bone is damaged or the implant can’t be stabilized in the socket, the patient may require time for the bone to regenerate on its own or a bone graft procedure may be recommended.
Once all signs of infection are gone and bone density is sufficient, patients can undergo the dental implant placement procedure.
To find out if tooth extraction and dental implants can restore your oral health, contact Texas Denture Clinic today.