Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium "root" device used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth.

Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures. They can also be used as anchorage for orthodontic tooth movement. The use of dental implants permits unidirectional tooth movement without reciprocal action.

There are different approaches to place dental implants after tooth extraction. The approaches are:

  1. Immediate post-extraction implant placement.
  2. Delayed immediate post-extraction implant placement (2 weeks to 3 months after extraction).
  3. Late implantation (3 months or more after tooth extraction).

According to the timing of loading of dental implants, the procedure of loading could be classified into:

  1. Immediate loading procedure.
  2. Early loading (1 week to 12 weeks).
  3. Delayed loading (over 3 months)

Healing time

Practitioners allow 2–6 months for healing but preliminary studies show that early loading of implant may not increase early or long term complications.[21] If the implant is loaded too soon, it is possible that the implant may move which results in failure. The subsequent time to heal, possibly graft and eventually place a new implant may take up to eighteen months. For this reason many are reluctant to push the envelope for healing.

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