Dental implants years after extraction

Can you get a tooth implant 10 years after extraction? What happens if you wait too long to get a dental implant? Find out…

Can You Get A Dental Implant Years After Extraction?

Patients who have had a missing tooth for longer than six months are at risk of bone loss and poor oral health, two major factors needed for implant viability.

Is it better for you to place dental implants immediately after an extraction? In short, yes. It’s easier and recommended. The longer you ignore gaps in the mouth, the more the bone in the jaw depletes – and without sufficient bone in the jaw for the implant to anchor to, it will likely fail. That’s the truth.

But, for whatever reason, you didn’t replace your missing tooth or teeth immediately. There’s still hope to receive implants. However, you’ll likely need to undergo pre-implant procedures like bone grafts or sinus lifts to rebuild the bone in your jaw to ensure your dental implant is stable – all of which is an additional cost on top of your implant surgery.

That said, there are ways you can avoid pre-prosthetic dental treatments and save money on additional procedures. Find out how.

Missing teeth can be a serious confidence blow. Many will be aware of the damage one or more missing teeth can do to one’s confidence, but the negative effects don’t stop there, and can even contribute to broader health risks.

Patient who waited eleven years to replace missing teeth

One clinical patient had two missing teeth in the upper jaw for over 11 years and had worn partial dentures in the meantime. As you can see, their oral health had deteriorated significantly, gum disease was causing gum recession, and teeth were becoming loose and falling out. There was also a significant amount of bone loss, which meant the patient would be required to undergo a bone graft in traditional implant surgery. However, the patient opted for a revolutionary All-on-4 system to replace the entire upper arch of teeth with no need for grafting.

Avoiding bone grafts altogether

If you want to avoid pre-prosthetic procedures, then there are only three implant techniques that do not require an abundance of bone to position. For example, patients can explore the innovative All-on-Four system that uses only four implants per jaw to fix a hybrid denture permanently. Then, there are zygomatic implants, which instead of being placed in the jaw, are positioned, instead, in the cheekbone. 

Alternatively, patients can explore subperiosteal implants, which also do not require any bone to place. However, the surgery is more invasive and complex and will require a longer recovery period. Sedation is recommended for apprehensive or nervous patients.

implant before and after

Facts about implants after extraction

  • – Dentists agree it’s better to place implants within a few months following extraction.
  • – An implant can be placed in the same visit as a tooth extraction.
  • – In some cases, it might take a few weeks before implants can be placed after extraction.
  • – The jaw and gum tissue must be healthy enough for immediate placement.
  • – You can be a candidate years after. It’s just more challenging and longer.
  • – It takes six months for the bone in the jaw to deplete.
all on 4 implants
All on 4 - hybrid implant denture that does not require an abundance of bone

Clinical implant assessment for viability

Our implant dentists will first assess the quantity and quality of the jawbone using a CBCT scanner, which is highly accurate and precise.

Your results will tell us which dental implant method suits your situation and preference. For example, for total tooth loss, you might prefer an implant-retained denture or a single implant for single tooth loss. Click here to view all your implant options.

Patients found to have little bone, who are not interested in the All-on-4 implant method, will be forced to consider a bone grafting procedure whether before or at the time of implant placement as they’ll be more at risk for implant failure.

Complications with waiting

  • – Bone loss occurs as little as 6 months, with real movement at 12 months.
  • – Bone loss causes facial sagging and causes other teeth to become unstable.
  • – Teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift out of place.
  • – Gum disease and further tooth loss are common.
  • – The gum in the gap between teeth recedes.
  • – The jawbone begins to shrink and weaken.


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