Should You Get A Dental Implant Immediately After Losing A Tooth?

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Dental implants offer an effective way for patients with missing teeth to restore their smiles. These implants are different from dentures as they are secured directly into your jawbone. This means that they look, function, and feel just like natural teeth. At Michaela Tozzi, DMD, near Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Michaela Tozzi can evaluate your oral health to determine if you’re a good candidate for them. During a consultation, we can discuss if you need a tooth extraction and if dental implants in Las Vegas can fix your missing teeth. The best candidate for implants is someone with missing teeth, a strong enough jawbone to withstand the necessary healing process, and no existing oral health problems in overall good health.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a tooth replacement option for patients with loose or missing teeth. At Michaela Tozzi, DMD, we use All-on-4® dental implants by Nobel Biocare®. These implants imitate your tooth root. Dr. Tozzi surgically inserts these posts into your jawbone. Osseointegration is the healing process where the bone must fuse with the implant to hold it in place. This can take anywhere from two to six months. After we determine it has healed, a custom crown is placed atop the implant.

When are dental implants necessary?

Any time that someone loses a permanent tooth, a dental implant is a good treatment option. Dr. Tozzi is committed to treating and saving natural teeth whenever she can. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable. Some common causes of tooth loss include:

  • Infection (from abscess)

  • Injury

  • Gum disease

  • Tooth decay

  • Trauma

While some teeth can indeed be saved, there are times when getting dental implants is medically necessary for patients near Las Vegas, NV.

Are dental implants medically necessary?

When you need to preserve a diseased tooth with proper oral hygiene, and it hasn’t helped, dental implants can be considered medically necessary. There are a few reconstructive dental services that we can bill to your insurance that will be covered, such as extraction or orthodontic services for fractured teeth. However, there are times where dental implant surgery may be considered cosmetic and not covered. Our team can work with you and your insurance, so you know what your estimated costs will be for services rendered before you commit to any procedure.

When to get dental implants after tooth extraction

Dr. Tozzi recommends that patients who want to get dental implants after tooth extraction wait at least ten weeks after their extraction. This allows your mouth to heal fully. However, there may be exceptions where patients can have their dental implant placed at the same time. This will depend on whether you had an infection, your overall health, and the location of the tooth.

Learn more on how dental implants can be medically necessary

At Michaela Tozzi, DMD, we offer our patients helpful information on dental implants and All-on-4 dental implants after a dental exam. When you have tooth loss, dental implants help improve your oral health. To learn more on whether you’re a candidate for dental implants, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michaela Tozzi at our office near Las Vegas, NV. We also offer virtual consultations.

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