Let’s start by discussing the term “immediate loading”. This refers to placing a tooth or teeth on the dental implant(s) on the same day that the implant is placed. Some techniques suggest that the dental implant should be left to integrate for 4 to 6 months before any load is placed on the implants. In the case of a full arch, this means that the patient has to spend at least an additional 4 to 6 months in a conventional denture. In contrast, immediate loading means that the patient receives a tooth (crown) on the same day their dental implant is placed.
Why Immediately Load Dental Implants?
Waiting until the dental implants integrate means waiting an additional six months or so before the patient receives teeth. Some techniques require block grafting of bone to the site where the implant will be placed. This can add an additional six months or so to the wait for teeth (for a total of approximately 12 months). In contrast to these other techniques, Chrysalis Dental Centres usually immediately load the dental implant on the day of the procedure.
2. Morbidity (pain)
Block grafting is reported to be a painful procedure. We are typically able to avoid block grafting of surgical sites.
Most patients prefer to leave the office with teeth on the day of their procedure.
4. Functionality (ability to chew).
The sooner you have teeth, the sooner you can enjoy them. We typically tell patients to eat softer foods for the first few months after receiving their implants.
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