"Immediate loading" has become a somewhat widely debated topic in the world of dental implants. Immediate loading basically refers to the fact that you will have a tooth on your dental implant within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Most dental implants actually take quite a bit of time to fully install. The fact of the matter is, most dental implant surgeons will recommended that the patient wait upwards of 6 months to receive his or her implants. The obvious disadvantage to this is that the patient will still be without teeth during this time (or with very poor or sensitive teeth) or will be left to the devices of a prosthesis. This brief article will serve to inform you of what you need to know about immediate loading in the service of dental implants, both the good and the bad.

Is It Recommended?

The fact of the matter is, most patients would enjoy immediate loading. No patient wants to continue to live their life toothless. However, another fact of the matter is that whether a patient should receive immediate loading is really based on contingencies.

There are numerous factors that one should take into consideration before receiving immediate loading, and this is a process that is best left between you, as the patient, and your oral surgeon. For example, although immediate loading or same day implantation is not a terribly complex procedure, you will be exposed to immediate force the day after the procedure (or in some cases, the day of the procedure).

Some patients cannot handle this, either due to matters of pain, or their body simply rejecting the implant. Since longer term dental implants take into consideration the amount of bone density and mass in your mouth, so must immediate loading procedures. However, immediate loading procedures must be even more wary of the density and mass of your bone structure and, as such, the process is only recommended to those patients with an ample amount of density and mass.

Immediate loading also works best for individuals with certain missing teeth configurations. Particularly, it works quite well for two special cases: those missing their top front teeth or, simply put, those missing all of their teeth. Some patients inquire about whether dental implants work well for those with gaps in their teeth. Another simple answer may suffice here: no. In such cases where gaps and gaps alone are involved, it is recommended that a patient consider dental bonding in order to rectify his or her aesthetic situation.

What Can I Expect?

There are a number of things you can expect to happen after receiving immediate load implants. First and foremost, you will have to change your dietary habits to accommodate the fact that you will now be using what are, essentially, new teeth.

It is recommended that you switch to a soft diet to acclimate yourself to the process of chewing and digesting. At the 3 month mark, your dentist will generally recommend that you can switch back to your normal dietary habits, although you should try to avoid carbohydrate-laden food and sweets with your new implants. Although you will have the immediate aesthetic value of having teeth once again, the teeth still have to take time to fuse to the bone. During this 3 month period of time, you must take particularly good care of your new set of chompers.

Immediate loading is a process that is not for everyone, and even for the people that can successfully complete the process, the aftermath can be somewhat trying and demanding. It is recommended that you consult with your dentist and oral surgeon before committing to immediate load dental implants.