Immediate Loading of Dental Implants
What is immediate loading?
In some dental implant cases, permanent crowns can be placed immediately post surgery or within a few days thereafter. This procedure is referred to as immediate loading and is quite common. Typically, a permanent crown will be placed a few months after surgery, in order for the bonding process to occur. Osseointegration, is the clinical term used to describe when the implant posts fuse with your jawbone.
Although a very interesting and wonderful option, the immediate loading technique is not recommended for everyone. A high degree of precaution based judgment should be applied to the situation by your attending dentist. The main consideration to focus upon, is your implant might not develop an adequate level of fusion with your jawbone. If that occurs, it can result in an implant failure or other challenging complications.
Apart from that, there are some impressive benefits associated with this option when appropriately administered:
- Treatment times are shorter
- Recovery happens much faster
- Patient’s gums stay preserved
- Less post-surgical care
- More affordable
- Higher patient satisfaction
Why immediate loading is not for everyone?
In order to determine whether you are a good candidate for immediate implant placement. A very thorough evaluation and screening process is required, and several prerequisites need to be satisfied and confirmed. The first and foremost is your oral condition and general health must be excellent, and your jawbone must have enough density to support the implants. In theory the concept is awesome, however, in practice, less then 20% of the patients who choose this option are sufficiently suited for it.
This may not be a viable treatment option for you, if you have a compromised immune system, or other health issues which could inhibit your ability to heal. The use of some medicines like bisphosphonates are not recommended, since they are known to cause bone reduction after surgery. Smoking and the use of alcohol can be counter effective and therefore not advised. You must be committed to good oral hygiene, and your gums need to remain healthy at all times to achieve maximum success.
Procedure and caution
The surgery can be performed immediately after your tooth has been extracted, and your implant and it’s crown can be placed the same day. Since your tooth is going to be put to work immediately, it will be encountering a lot of bite force and pressure. The integrity, experience and professionalism of your dental surgeon will of course play a vital role in the success of the procedure.
Individuals who initially appear to be compatible for this type of implant procedure, may not be deemed unsuitable for it until the actual surgery is underway. If this is the case, it’s most likely because either the bone or the implant are not strong or stable enough for immediate loading. Which will essentially trigger the discontinuance of the process.
If your considered eligible and acquire your new tooth on the same day as your surgery, which will be totally satisfying from a aesthetic perspective. It is very important that you remain mindful and very careful that your still in the midst of your healing process. Therefore, you should not place unnecessary pressure on the area, refraining from hard foods and avoiding bad habits like teeth grinding.