Enjoy the Feeling of Having a New Tooth Without Having to Wait Months
With conventional dental implant treatment, you must wait for 3 to 6 months for the dental implants to osseointegrate with the bone around them, so they become strong enough to support a new implant prosthesis. Now it is increasingly common for implants to be loaded immediately.
What Does It Mean to Load an Implant?
When an implant is loaded, it means the implant is fitted with the prosthesis, restoring the patient’s ability to eat, talk, and smile. With an immediate load dental implant, we fit the prosthesis on the same day as inserting the implant, sometimes in as little as an hour after the implant is fitted. We make the restoration before implant surgery begins so that it can be used directly after surgery.
The advantage of this technique is obvious, allowing patients to enjoy their newly restored implant teeth without the need to wait months for treatment to be completed.
It is an extremely precise technique that is tried and tested, producing long-term results that are comparable to conventional dental implant treatment.
However, it is a process that is only suitable for specific circumstances. Sometimes conventional implant treatment is still preferable and can provide a better long-term outcome, even if it does take a little longer to complete.
What Are the Requirements for an Immediate Load Dental Implant?
Immediate load dental implants are only suitable for specific situations. While the implant teeth are fitted soon after surgery, there is no short cut for osseointegration, and your dental implants still require the same amount of time to fuse with your jawbone. Usually, it takes between three and six months for osseointegration to finish, after which time your implants should be firmly fused in your jawbone and will have enough strength to support an implant prosthesis.
While your implants are healing, they mustn’t move as any movement could interrupt osseointegration, preventing the implant from fusing with the bone around it and potentially causing failure. When an implant is immediately loaded, it is crucial to ensure it will not move during osseointegration.
Immediate Load Dental Implant Crowns
If you receive an immediately loaded implant crown, it is designed for cosmetic purposes only and isn’t suitable for biting or chewing food. The implant crown is almost certainly temporary and is fabricated, so it is just out of occlusion, meaning it will not contact the opposing tooth as you bite down, ensuring it will not receive any unwanted pressure or movement.
Immediate load Dental Bridges
Immediate load dental bridges may be temporary or permanent, depending on the procedure chosen by Dr. Leonard Umanoff. When a dental bridge is fitted soon after implant surgery, it is designed to lock the dental implants together, splinting them in place very firmly so they cannot move during osseointegration.
It’s an excellent technique that makes sure you won’t be left without teeth while ensuring the implants can still fuse with the surrounding bone uninterrupted. All-on-Four is a good example of when implant teeth are fitted soon after surgery because the angulation of the dental implants makes it easier and more effective to lock them in place.
Immediate Load Dentures
Immediate load dentures may also be temporary or permanent, and sometimes it’s possible to adapt an existing denture for use as a temporary prosthesis during the healing process. It works in the same way as an immediate load dental bridge by splinting the implants together.
While immediately loaded dental implants osseointegrate, you may need to follow a softer diet with foods that require little or minimal chewing for the first few weeks during healing. There is no need to be concerned about this as our team here at LuxDen can advise you on which foods are safe to eat and will provide you with a reasonably nutritious diet during this period.
Once osseointegration is complete, any temporary implant crown, bridge, or denture is replaced with your permanent implant prosthesis, allowing you to bite and chew food normally. Also, your permanent prosthesis will look even better and feel even more comfortable.