What Happens if you Wait for Too Long to get a Dental Implant?

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Brian Rounds, DDS
Group of smiling older women with dental implants from Brian K. Rounds, DDS in Lacey, WAWaiting too long to get a dental implant after a tooth loss or extraction can have multiple consequences. When the teeth are in position, they stimulate your jawbone to retain adequate mass and volume. If you wait too long to get an implant installed, the jawbone mass and volume will deteriorate. Here is an overview of what happens when you wait too long to get a dental implant:

Bone Loss

When a tooth is extracted or lost, the bone supporting the tooth's root will shrink or resorb. Bone loss will occur over time, and if severe, it will affect the success rate of future implant placement. Bone grafting will be required to rebuild the jawbone before the surgical placement of the implant.

Shifting of Teeth

The adjacent teeth can shift to the empty space left behind by the missing teeth. This will lead to misalignment, changes in the teeth occlusion, and jaw joint issues. Thus, it would help if you opted for implant placement as soon as possible.

Aesthetics Changes

Missing teeth will also affect the appearance of your smile. It can affect your self-esteem and confidence. Over time, your gums can start to recede, affecting your gumline's appearance. You will have a saggy appearance due to jawbone volume loss.

Jawbone Changes

A jawbone needs stimulation from underlying roots to maintain its shape and density. Without proper stimulation, the jawbone will gradually weaken and shrink, leading to jaw function and facial structure changes.

When you lose teeth, opting for a tooth replacement option as soon as possible is essential. This helps to ensure the bone mass and volume does not deteriorate and your teeth remain in the correct position. If you are concerned about when you should opt for implant surgery, ensure you consult your oral surgeon as soon as possible.

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