Treatment Procedures / Immediate Loading Implants

The traditional method of placing a dental implant is a lengthy process that takes up to six months to complete.

Dentists have found a way to complete the entire process in one appointment that lasts about 45 minutes, through the use of immediate load implants.

In the past when a patient lost a tooth or had to have it extracted and opted to have a dental implant and a crown put in its place, cosmetic dentists would send the patient to an oral surgeon to have a dental implant permanently placed into the jaw bone. This implant serves as an anchor.

Dental implants are made of titanium and they integrate themselves into the jawbone through a process called ‘Osseointegration’.

Osseointegration can take up to six months to complete. Once that happens, a follow-up procedure is required to expose the top of the implant so a post can be attached to it. This post serves as the support for the crown, which ultimately replaces the missing tooth.

The key difference between immediate load and traditional implants is the shape of the implant. A traditional implant looks like a screw. The angles and thread design of immediate load implants enable them to withstand pressure immediately without having to wait for the bone to heal around it. And the patient doesn't have to endure six months of having a space in their mouth.

Immediate load implants still integrate, as the bone heals around them and makes them stronger.