Types of Dental Implants
Implants usually involve one surgery with the placement of a temporary crown or prosthesis that stays in place for about four months until the permanent crown or prosthesis is permanently cemented. Although it may take up to four months for the bone to grow around the implant and firmly hold it in place, “immediate load” implants have become popular.
Immediate load implants are just that: If you have excellent bone quality, there is sometimes enough support for the implant to bear the weight of light chewing and a tooth replacement right away.
This is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. There is nothing more exciting to me than when a patient, who has been wearing dentures for many years, can come into my office and after one long appointment walk out with implanted permanent teeth!
Frequently, patients who have broken a tooth off to the point where the tooth has a poor prognosis can have an implant placed the same day that the tooth is extracted. They walk in the front door of the implant dentist’s office with their own tooth, and walk out with a temporary crown cemented on top of an implant. In ONE APPOINTMENT!!!