If you are healthy and don't smoke and have adequate bone an implant may often be placed very successfully without bone grafting or sutures and minimal soreness. JDB
When a tooth is extracted the bone immediately begins to resorb or disappear. If the implant can be placed immediately or within 2-3 months there may be adequate bone for an implant that doesn't need bone grafting which will have less cost and less soreness. JDB
If the bone is normal the implant's crown can usually be placed three months after the implant was placed. There is no scientific way to determine how soon is too soon but three months has been shown to be very successful. I did have a patient see me for a loose implant. His dentist placed an implant and crown with only 2 weeks healing which was obviously too soon in this case. We were able to place a new implant and then wait three months and he now has a stable implant tooth. JDB
Again if you are healthy and have good bone they are one of the most successful of all medical procedures with generally 95% success. They are considered more long lasting than bridges which can decay or put extra forces on supporting teeth. Drilling the teeth for a bridge also can cause some teeth to need root canals. Uncontrolled diabetes, clenching, steroids, and especially smoking can reduce the success. JDB
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