My Fixed Bridge Makes My Life Easier

When I had a badly decayed tooth extracted, I got a partial denture to fill in the gap. I didn't mind it at first, because I was just so happy to have my painful tooth out of my mouth. Over time, I began to get tired of taking it out at night. I asked my dentist if I was could get a dental implant, and he said that my gum disease did not make me a good candidate, but a fixed bridge may be a good option for me. I went with his suggestion, and I have no regrets. I love feeling like I have a real tooth again that I don't have to remove at night. I created this blog to remind other people with a missing tooth that they have many replacement options, and if one is not for you, then try another that may be right.

Immediate Implants 101: A Guide for Curious Patients

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Most people do unfortunately lose at least one of their permanent teeth at some point in their lifetime, but losing just one tooth can threaten the health of the rest of your teeth and severely affect your self-confidence. Most patients assume that getting a dental implant to replace an extracted tooth is a long process, but immediate-load dental implants make the transition much easier to handle. If you have a tooth you know will be extracted, you're bound to have questions. Take a look at some of the common questions people have about immediate-load dental implants

What exactly are immediate load implants?

Immediate load implants are actually dental implants that are installed at the same time when the original tooth is taken out. For example, you would schedule an appointment to extract a problematic tooth, and as soon as that tooth is out of the way, the dentist would install a new implant in the extraction site where it is affixed to the jawbone. There is no need to be put under anesthesia because the area is already numb in most cases, and the implant is fairly easy to install without making additional incisions. 

Are same-day implants as effective as other implants?

Same-day dental implants are just as effective as other implants when they are placed by an experienced dentist. Most patients will have no problems once the implant is healed and will have a prosthetic tooth that is just as stable as any other type of implant. Some other benefits of immediate implants are: 

  • You won't be left with a space in your smile 
  • You do not have to go through surgery to have the implant placed
  • The implant procedure may be a little cheaper when combined with an extraction

Are all people good candidates for immediate implants?

Not every patient will be a good fit for dental implants placed immediately after an extraction. The dentist will take a look at the density of the bone in the jaw with x-rays before they determine if you would be a good candidate for the procedure. Those who have problems with bone loss usually need more intense surgical methods and may have to have bone grafting surgery before an implant can be placed. Additionally, there are certain teeth that are best for these types of implants. For example, immediate implants make more sense after front teeth extractions than the larger molars in the back. 


16 May 2019