What is immediate loading of dental implants? As you may have read in our previous blog post, dental implants are made up of several components including the dental implant, the abutment and the implant-supported crown. The dentist can decide to wait to place the dental crown on top of the implant or do so immediately when the dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone.
Immediate loading of dental implants is when the dental restoration (crown, denture or bridge) is affixed to the dental implant at the time of surgery. This has become a treatment option popular with patients due to faster results and better esthetics.
Alternatively to immediate loading, delayed loading of dental implants occurs when the dental restoration (crown, denture or bridge) is affixed to the dental implant after the implant has been given sufficient time to integrate with the bone.
There are several advantages and disadvantages to the immediate loading of dental implants.
Immediate Dental Implant Loading Advantages:
- Quicker treatment as the patient does not need to come back for as many appointments.
- Faster time from surgery to tooth as the restoration is put on at the time of surgery.
- Optimal esthetics can be achieved at time of placement and the patient can leave the office with a tooth attached to the implant.
- Higher patient satisfaction as a result of faster treatment.
Immediate Dental Implant Loading Disadvantages:
- Not suitable for all patients. Everyone’s case is unique and should be evaluated by an educated dental professional to determine if immediate loading of a dental implant is right for you.
- Can delay or prevent integration of the bone with the implant due to force placed on the implant during healing.
- Potential for long-term implant instability and ultimately failure. This can occur because the dental implant was not given adequate time to integrate to the bone. When the dental implant integrates with the bone it is termed osseointegration.
So, are immediate load implants right for you? It’s not possible to know without a thorough consultation with a dental professional and evaluation of dental x-rays. There is a chance that this option could be a good choice for your unique situation, but we can’t say that for certain until assessing the current status of your oral health. It is worth exploring immediate load implants as a possible treatment option but don’t get too excited without doing more research. It will be possible for some patients but others will need to stick with the traditional method of delayed loading. If you are considering dental implants in Regina and would like to know more about your options, please feel free to contact our office and schedule a consultation.
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