18 Dec The immediate implant: What is it, is it recommended?
Oral health is essential to maintain different functions, some such as good digestion, phonation, chewing, smile and psychological well-being. Losing one or more teeth, for whatever reason, can affect oral health, general appearance and smile. The first reason that drives the demand for prosthetic treatments is that the patients themselves are affected by their aesthetics and appearance.
There are three alternatives to tooth replacement: fixed prostheses, removable prostheses and dental implants. The latter are the best long-term alternative, and if they are also taken care of in benefit-cost relation. In the case of removable prostheses, there are few recommendations, although it is an option, either because they are for a temporary period, due to the economic limitations of the patient or in medically compromised patients.
We said that implants are the best alternative in the long term since it has been verified that this treatment is successful between 94% and 96% at 10 years. The implant placement protocols, then the load, which will be the placement of the tooth, have evolved to get less time for treatment and that this was easier.
Immediate implants are described as the process by which an implant is placed in the same surgery in which the extraction of the tooth to be replaced is practiced. These can be performed when the remaining bone is sufficient to ensure the primary stability of the implant. The other options that are no longer immediate are: the early implants that take between 4 and 8 weeks between the extraction and placement of the tooth. And finally the late placement that is when 6 months pass between act and act.
The advantages of an immediate implant are:
- The duration of treatment is less
- Reduce the number of surgical interventions
- A three-dimensional position of the ideal implant can be achieved
- A better aesthetics of soft tissues
Although there are situations in which these implants have opposite effects, such as bone alveolus does not have the appropriate morphology or the presence of infection. Survival rates of immediate implants are very similar to implants that are placed with total bone healing. Both treatments are a great alternative when performing an implant.
At Clinica Blasi, we are experts in implantology, and we will recommend the best option according to your oral status.