Immediate Implants – Front Tooth Replacement

This is one of Dr. Seddon’s favourite procedures as it allows patients to walk out with the tooth they originally came in with unless of course, it doesn’t look that great! Also, this can be one of the most non-invasive procedures and therefore relatively painless.

Immediate Dental Implant Procedure

This procedure is really quite simple. It involves a review of all the important post-operative instructions, pre-operative medications, and antibacterial mouth rinse, and giving some anesthetic to make the procedure relatively painless. When the surgery begins, it is Dr. Seddon’s goal not to touch any of the gums around the tooth while removing the tooth or root with a special device that makes this non-traumatic procedure possible. Once the tooth comes out, Dr. Seddon will then examine the surrounding bone to ensure it is able to accept a dental implant. If everything looks ideal, Dr. Seddon will place an appropriate-sized implant that will be secure enough to accept a tooth. The implant is placed and then either the original tooth or crown may be used or an acrylic version that matches the colour, size, and shape of the adjacent teeth. Oftentimes, there is some bone particles that will be added on the front portion of the dental implant to fill in any spaces and prevent any resorption of the bone which can occur after removing the tooth, and sometimes Dr. Seddon may elect to add some gum tissue to the area to create ideal tissue esthetics for your smile. It really depends on the case and what is needed to get to ideal.

Sometimes there may not be enough bone to place the tooth right away because the dental implant needs to be very secure in the bone – this is known as “primary stability.” If we don’t have this primary stability, then we would simply place a healing cap on the implant to allow the tissue to heal and then restore the tooth by bonding it to the adjacent teeth or using a flipper denture that you would have to take out at night. Obviously, a bonded tooth is best for this situation, but we will do whatever is best for the patient.

In either situation, whether we restore the implant immediately or not, after 3-4 months of bone healing we will bring the patient back for impressions for the dental lab to create a beautiful, lifelike porcelain crown that will be secured on the implant. Our goal is to make it seem as though nothing has been done in the area.

If you have a broken tooth or failing tooth, then please call us to help you solve this problem!

Dr. Seddon is constantly involved in continuing education when it comes to implants. In fact, he has trained all over the world in Italy, France, and the United States. He has learned from the top training programs including the Misch International Implant Institute and American Academy of Implant Dentistry Maxi Course, and he is now a Diplomate with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and Associate Fellow with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. In 2017, Dr. Seddon will be completing the last phase of his diplomate process with the American Board of Oral Implantology.

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