Q: My dentist said he couldn’t place my implant at the same time he pulls my tooth. This will mean I wont get my permanent teeth for nine months. I have a sister who had her implants placed at the same time as her teeth were removed, allowing her to have her teeth in five months. What gives?! Danielle in Wellington
A: You know how siblings tend to exaggerate. Have you heard of Marcia, Jan and Cindy Brady?
Every extraction, even in the same mouth, can lead to a different treatment modality. If removal of a tooth leaves behind a hole in the socket that tapers to a diameter smaller than that of the implant (a titanium threaded screw), then the implant can be placed. If there are small gaps between implant and bone, we add Osteogen, a synthetic bone graft material like calking around a pipe. This would allow you to make the new teeth in three to four months.
If the hole is too large, we fill the entire socket with bovine graft material, and delay implant placement for four months. Four months after implant placement we can attach permanent teeth or stabilize removable dentures, for a total treatment time of eight to nine months.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Mitchell Josephs will be giving his latest FREE seminar to the public: “ Teeth for Life III”, on Friday November1st at 10:00 am at the Double Tree Hotel on PGA Blvd in Palm Beach Gardens. Topics include hi-tech tooth bleaching, implants and bone grafts, cosmetic veneers, complex crown and bridgework and how to choose a dental office. Free copies of his latest book will be given to all attendees. Seating is limited; reservations required. Only 25 seats remain. Call today: 561-832-2917. For a preview video of the seminar, drop us an email.
Dr. Josephs practices Implant Cosmetic and General Dentistry and hosts “Tooth Talk” on WBZT AM123.0 Dr. Josephs is on staff at West Palm Hospital (Formerly Columbia Hospital) and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry and completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.
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