When patients request dental implant treatment or are identified as candidates for implant therapy, they often present with failing teeth that need to be removed or have recently been extracted.
Once a tooth has been removed, dynamic physiological and dimensional changes take place during the healing phase that may influence the choice of the best time to place an implant.
These dimensional changes are clearly visible in the clinical situation of the site eight weeks after tooth extraction.
There are several time points following tooth extraction that may be considered for the placement of dental implants. Each time point has advantages and disadvantages.
The clinician is in a unique position to be able to prescribe the time for implant placement following tooth extraction in order to maximize the advantages and to achieve successful long-term outcomes. An understanding of the factors that are important in determining the timing of implant placement is an essential part of the treatment planning process. These factors will be presented in this module.
After completing this ITI Academy Module, you should be able to…
define the different time points for implant placement following tooth extraction
list the advantages and disadvantages of each time point
list the clinical criteria recommended by the ITI for case selection