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Can I wait years, after extraction, to have implants

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Posted by: Stella  (7 years ago)
I just had a tooth extracted, lower right side molar. I asked about implants and was advised to make an appointment to be assessed. I'm a little anxious though because I want to replace this molar and another that was removed about two years ago (lower left side). Does it matter how long the space has been empty? Two years ago when that molar was extracted I was told it wouldn't matter how long I waited, when I had the money I should make the appointment. Now I'm nervous. I'm not young so my bones are not growing but I'm not old either (well, I'm 50 but I'm not old to me). Not old enough to walk around without teeth.
I also saw another question on this forum regarding some kind of socket bone grafting after extraction...Does that sound familiar or does anyone know what it means? I may have it all messed up but I'll find it again I'm sure.

Thank you for any help,
Stella
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I just had a tooth extracted, lower right side molar. I asked about implants and was advised to make an appointment to be assessed. I'm a little anxious though because I want to replace this molar and another that was removed about two years ago (lower left side). Does it matter how long the space has been empty? Two years ago when that molar was extracted I was told it wouldn't matter how long I waited, when I had the money I should make the appointment. Now I'm nervous. I'm not young so my bones are not growing but I'm not old either (well, I'm 50 but I'm not old to me). Not old enough to walk around without teeth.
I also saw another question on this forum regarding some kind of socket bone grafting after extraction...Does that sound familiar or does anyone know what it means? I may have it all messed up but I'll find it again I'm sure.

Thank you for any help,
Stella


generally we wait for 2 week-2.5 months after extraction for implant placement so that healing can occur properly but now a days immediate implants are also there which can be placed immediately after tooth extraction to reduce treatment time and preserve bone. succes rate is good for both and there is no problem with your age.
yes it does matter how long the extraction space has been empty because with time bone loss can occur and for implant we need good bone height. you should go to your implantologist he/she will tell you your exact condition and will plan your treatment accordingly
Dr.Mudita Barnawal
Posted 7 years ago
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Posted by: Stella  (7 years ago)
Dear Doctor Barnawal:
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I will try to find an Implantologist and get their advice. I hope it isn't too late.
Stella
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Posted by: jimhassel  (7 years ago)
If you wait for really long there will be a shift in your teeth, also bone loss will occur. This will make it difficult for your implant treatment later. So it is advisable that you consult your doctor and get the implants done as per his instruction.
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I just had a tooth extracted, lower right side molar. I asked about implants and was advised to make an appointment to be assessed. I'm a little anxious though because I want to replace this molar and another that was removed about two years ago (lower left side). Does it matter how long the space has been empty? Two years ago when that molar was extracted I was told it wouldn't matter how long I waited, when I had the money I should make the appointment. Now I'm nervous. I'm not young so my bones are not growing but I'm not old either (well, I'm 50 but I'm not old to me). Not old enough to walk around without teeth.
I also saw another question on this forum regarding some kind of socket bone grafting after extraction...Does that sound familiar or does anyone know what it means? I may have it all messed up but I'll find it again I'm sure.

Thank you for any help,
Stella


The more bone the better. There has to be enough bone in which to place an implant. Bone collapses shortly after extraction. Therefore, it is prudent to have a socket preservation graft as soon as possible. After 4 to 5 months of healing, an implant can be placed. Waiting years mean valuable bone will be lost.

I had a patient that had an extraction and socket graft afterwards. He procastinated 9 years to have the implant done. He lost a lot of bone, and I was barely able to get a 10 millimeter long implant in the jaw. He would have done much better if he had not waited so long.
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