Can Dental Implants Be Placed Immediately After Tooth Extraction?

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Published on: April 20, 2012

If you must undergo a tooth extraction, you may be concerned about the length of time you’ll have to spend with a missing tooth before your dental implants can be placed. While it is true that some cases of tooth extraction require a specific healing period or another dental procedure before implants can be placed, some patients can undergo immediate placement with no complications.

Criteria for Immediate Implant Placement

Two factors must be considered before you are deemed a candidate for immediate implant placement after a tooth extraction.

  • Infection. The extraction site should be free of inflammation, gum disease, or other infection. If any of these are present, they will need to be treated before your implant can be placed.
  • Bone density. Dental implants cannot be placed unless a sufficient amount of bone is present to support them. If bone deterioration has occurred, or if the implant cannot be placed and stabilized, you will need to undergo a period of healing or perhaps have a bone grafting procedure before receiving dental implants. (more…)

What Happens During a Dental Checkup and Cleaning?

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Published on: April 19, 2012

Even when you are undergoing restorative or cosmetic treatments, you still need to schedule routine checkups and cleanings on a regular basis with Dr. Seal. Your regular hygiene visits ensure that your teeth, gums, and bone tissue are healthy enough to support your restorations. At each dental hygiene appointment, Dr. Seal will screen for various oral health issues as well as perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums.

Dental Checkup

During your checkup, Dr. Seal will examine your mouth for a variety of oral health problems, including tooth decay and gum disease, by visually inspecting the tissues and gently probing them with a dental instrument. He will then inspect your throat, neck, lymph nodes, lips, and all the soft tissues of your mouth for oral cancer. Next, an evaluation of your occlusion, or bite, will be done to determine if you have any issues with teeth grinding or problems with your jaw joints. He may also take X-rays to detect hidden tooth decay or issues with jawbone structure. (more…)

Dental Implants in Hepatitis C Patients

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Published on: April 19, 2012

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes an inflammation of the liver. It often does not produce any symptoms for years or even decades after initial infection, and by the time hepatitis C is discovered, the liver is commonly damaged and compromised. If you have hepatitis C and are exploring tooth replacement options, you may think you are not a candidate for dental implants because of your health condition. However, patients with chronic diseases are often viable candidates for implants if they meet certain criteria.

Criteria for Placing Dental Implants

In general, anyone who is healthy enough to undergo a routine dental procedure, such as having a filling placed, can tolerate dental implant placement. Healthy gums and bone are a must, so you should have oral health problems treated before your implants can be placed. You must also have adequate bone tissue in the jaw to support implants. If your bones show signs of deterioration, you may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure before implant placement. Lastly, you may not be a good candidate if you smoke, as smoking will compromise your chances of success with dental implants. (more…)

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