A new smile with dental implants can change your life, especially if you are missing many teeth. But it might be difficult to know when the best time to get dental implants is. Since they’re a big investment, is it better to get them right after teeth have been extracted or wait? And if you’ve been wearing a denture for years, is it too late to get dental implants at all?
The good news is that with the experienced care of an implant surgeon, you most likely will qualify for dental implants, even if you have underlying conditions! Depending on your situation, the right time to get dental implants may be:
In conjunction with an extraction
If you need a tooth extracted and your remaining teeth are healthy, generally the best time to get a dental implant is immediately after this procedure. Many skilled implant surgeons can even place your dental implant at the same appointment as your extraction! This will preserve your jawbone and keep your remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
After gum disease treatment
If you’re losing teeth due to gum disease, you won’t qualify for dental implants until your mouth is restored to proper health. This means you may have to undergo osseous surgery or other treatments to remove infection and bacteria from your mouth. You may also need bone grafting to restore any jawbone damaged by gum disease.
To restore your oral health and function
If you wear dentures and are struggling to live a functional and healthy life, now is the time to get dental implants. You can either choose implant supported dentures or permanent full mouth dental implants. Replacing all your missing teeth with dental implants frees you to eat the foods you love, improve your oral and overall health, and feel confident and attractive in your smile.