2 June 2017
Emergency Dental Implants Explained
Emergency dental implants, otherwise known as 'immediate loading', are an important part of modern implant dentistry. Essentially, it means you can teeth on your dental implants within 24-48 hours of having them placed. However, almost everyone wants their new teeth right away and depending on the patient, isn't always recommended. But sometimes, it can be the best thing to do. Again, this depends on the patient and it is highly recommended that you discuss with your dentist both the risks and benefits of the procedure.
Immediate teeth work best when dealing with a full jaw of teeth at the time. It also tends to enjoy a higher success rate in the lower jaw as opposed the upper jaw, as the bone density is far greater here. Where possible and when the dental implants are in place, we can make temporary teeth or a whole set of teeth thanks to our onsite dental lab. It's possible to walk out of Seapoint with teeth and no gaps. The temporary teeth will look, feel and work as closely as possible to your normal teeth.
It's paramount that you care and maintain your dental implants in order for the treatment to be successful. A softer diet is required as is keeping things completely clean for 3 months. Needless to say, smoking is a major NO.
Although the teeth are connected to the implants, they still need time to fuse with your bone. This process is called 'osseointegration'. If you cannot promise thus, immediate loading or immediate temporaries are not for you. The risk of failure dramatically increases if you chew harder foods too early. Other factors such as bone density, bone quality, gum stability, shape of the gum, implant design and your bite itself will play a vital role in whether your emergency dental implants are a success or not.
It's important to remember that the main goal here is achieving healthy teeth for life, whether this takes a single visit or more. Always trust the experts in what they recommend best for you.