Is There an Alternative to the Traditional Dental Implant Technique?

Most people know that dental implants are a long-term solution to tooth loss. However, some are reluctant to undergo the procedure due to various concerns, such as the time it takes and the need for bone grafting in some cases. Fortunately, there are alternative techniques that can make it possible for you to get implants without having to worry about some or all of those concerns. To help you decide which technique is right for you, here is what you need to know.  

Is It Possible to Speed Up the Implants Process? 

With traditional dental implants, it can take months for the process to be complete. The dental surgeon has to install the root for the implants and allow the gums to heal before the teeth are added. The time it takes can vary depending on your recovery.  

For some people, the wait time to complete the procedure is understandably too long. There is an alternative that would allow you to have the root and teeth implanted on the same day. An immediate load dental implant involves placing the root and using a temporary tooth to sit in place until the gums and bone heal. At that point, the temporary tooth can be removed and the permanent tooth placed.  

The immediate load dental implant gives you the benefit of having teeth in place while waiting for your gums to heal. Without this option, you could be left without teeth in that area until your gums have healed.  

What If You Do Not Want a Bone Graft? 

Some dental patients who have poor bone density and have experienced bone loss require a bone graft. The bone grafting helps to strengthen the existing bone and fills those areas that are missing. The strong support is needed before the root can be placed. Some people are reluctant to undergo the grafting out of fear that it will hurt and that it will extend the implants process.  

An alternative to grafting is the All-on-4 procedure. The procedure involves using a bridge with four temporary teeth on it to fill empty areas. The bridge is inserted into the parts of the bone that are strong enough to support the implant. After a few months of healing time, the temporary teeth will be replaced with permanent ones.  

There are additional alternative techniques that can be used to install implants. Ask your dental surgeon, like John S. Lyon DDS, for more information and to get help with deciding which technique is right for you.