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When are dental implants placed?
Immediate placement means the implant is placed directly into a tooth extraction socket. Immediate placement will reduce overall treatment times but is reserved for cases with sufficient healthy bone to achieve initial implant stability.
If the bone is not healthy or requires augmenting then the implant placement is usually delayed for eight to twelve weeks after tooth extraction.
After care, what's involved?
Implants are not "Fit and Forget” they need the same care and attention as natural teeth. On completion of treatment it will be necessary to attend recall appointment to check the condition of the implants and the replacement teeth they support or retain.
After this, regular reviews are recommended to monitor the condition of the implants and any remaining natural teeth. Also regular hygiene maintenance appointments are essential, as a build-up of plaque will cause inflammation and possible bone loss from around your implants, resulting in their eventual loss. This condition is called peri-implantitis and is very similar to gum disease around natural teeth.
If you have teeth and implants mixed together it is also very important to maintain the health of the natural teeth. Should the natural teeth become infected or are lost for any reason the remaining implants may be damaged by the extra pressure caused by the additional work load.
We generally ask your dentist to carry out implant maintenance for straight forward cases where only one or two dental implants have been placed. If you have one or more potential risk factors for implant complications or we have placed multiple implants we generally take care of the maintenance program. This service is carried out by our hygienists and isn’t included in the initial cost of implant treatment.
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