Most of us understand how important our smile is. Even if we have not been blessed with supermodel good looks, as long as we have a nice smile, people are attracted to us. That is why as soon as something happens to damage our front teeth, we are eager to do whatever is necessary in order to get that tooth repaired.
In times past, getting a dental implant meant that you would first need to have the damaged tooth removed, you would have to allow the area around the tooth to heal and then you would go through the multi-step process of having the implant implanted.
However, due to advancements in technology, it is now possible for our cosmetic dentist to give you a dental implant the same day that the tooth is extracted. This is thanks to immediate implants.
Immediate implants do not work for everyone, and there are some things that our team will need to take into consideration when deciding whether or not the treatment is right for you. These considerations will also have an impact on how good the tooth looks during that early healing stage.
First and foremost, in order for you to get an immediate implant, your damaged tooth will need to be removed in a very careful way. The bone that supports the tooth cannot be damaged in any way. This is because it is the receptor site for the new implant. If the bone that surrounded your old tooth is damaged, the end result could be you having a damaged socket or gum loss.
Our team will also need to choose the right size implant for the procedure. This is because the titanium screw of the implant is going to fit into the hole that was left by the removed tooth. If the titanium screw is too small, it’s not going to fit well. The idea is to put the titanium screw in the bone in a way that it sits securely, and then over the course of the next few weeks and months the bone will grow around the titanium screw and eventually fuse to the screw.
Our dentist will also focus on the position of the implant. This will determine whether or not the crown that is attached to it looks natural or if it looks out of place. It needs to be buried just the right amount of space below the gum tissue so that it fits in harmony with the rest of your teeth.
Attaching the crown to the titanium screw is a mixture of science and art. When done correctly, immediate implants have the same success rate as those that are done weeks or months after the tooth is extracted. Thanks to advanced imaging techniques, the right implant of the right size can be installed, and the perfect crown can be fabricated to give you a lovely smile.
Located in Cabot, AR, the office of Dr. Samuel F. Jirik, DDS proudly offers immediate implants for patients with missing teeth. We also serve the Little Rock, AR and surrounding cities. If you have missing teeth, contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more about immediate implants.