Immediate Implant Replacement
There are several stages in the implant process: exactly how many depends on the individual situation. First, if hopelessly decayed or damaged teeth are present in the mouth, they will need to be extracted (removed) before implants can be placed. Extraction, however, isn't the forceful process you may imagine: In fact, it's generally performed under local anesthesia, and is accomplished by gently manipulating the tooth until it becomes loose enough to remove.
When extraction is performed before implant placement, the goal is to remove the tooth with as little disturbance to the bony socket or surrounding gum tissue as possible. If done successfully, it is often possible for the implant itself — a small, threaded screw shaped post, the size of a tooth's root — to be placed in the socket immediately after extraction. Immediate implant placement can be desirable for several reasons: It means less overall treatment time and it leads to a quicker result for the patient.
Immediate implant placement can be desirable for several reasons: It means less overall treatment time and it leads to a quicker result.
Traditionally, a newly placed implant is allowed to remain undisturbed for several weeks without any further treatment. The waiting period gives the process of osseointegration ("osseo" – bone; "integration" – fusion with) time to get started. However, in some cases it's now possible to move right to the next stage: receiving a temporary crown (replacement tooth) the same day as extraction and implant placement (figures 3 and 4).