If you are going to get dental implants, we have four options for when we can place them. When it’s best to place them depends on your dental health and our goals for your treatment.

Immediate Placement

Immediate placement of dental implants is when the dental implant is placed at the time your teeth are removed. There are many benefits to immediate placement of dental implants.

You never have to be without teeth. We can retain as much bone as possible. The dental implants have a very high success rate. And you only need one procedure. The procedure is easy, too, because the sockets are left from the natural tooth.

Most of the time, this is the timing we would choose, but there may be some reasons why we can’t do it. It may be that you have ongoing gum disease. If gum disease has caused significant bone loss, we might not be able to place your dental implants right away.


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Early Placement

Sometimes we may want to wait a few weeks to place your dental implants. This is usually done if you have some active infections that need treatment. Just a few weeks is typically enough to manage infections at or around the implant site.

While not as good as immediate placement, this can still be a good choice. Waiting for the infection to get under control can improve the survival rate of your implants. And the socket in the bone will still be available. Although you’ll need a second implant procedure, it won’t be a major surgery. It will be relatively quick with little discomfort.

This can sometimes help with the attractiveness of your results because it might allow for better management of soft tissue.

Delayed Placement

Delayed placement occurs a few months after extraction of teeth. The soft tissue has healed, and the bones have begun to heal. This is not generally an ideal time for dental implant placement, but it might be best in some cases, especially if infection at the site is proving difficult to contain.

Late Placement

Late placement is considered any dental implant placed six months or more after the extraction of teeth. Late placement may be done intentionally, or it may be simply what we’re working with because a patient opted for dentures or other tooth replacement options first, then decided on implants later. When a jaw needs extensive reconstruction with bone grafts, late placement allows for full healing of the new bone material. That means maximum stability for the implant.

The Right Timing for Your Implants

Are you considering dental implants in the Hilton Head area? Let us evaluate your situation and help you understand what is the best option for placing your dental implants. Please call (843) 706-2999 today for an appointment with an implant dentist at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry.