If your dentist tells you that you need to have some teeth extracted, you might want to know what you can do about the gaps from those missing teeth in your mouth. You don't want to have any gaps in your smile. One of the things that your dentist may tell you about is dental implants.  

Dental Implants

These implants are actually a multi-part product. The implant's first part is a post that is inserted into the empty socket in your jaw. The bone in your jaw will heal around the post, securely anchoring it into your jaw. Once the post is anchored into your jaw, then the rest of the implant can be installed. The post can act as an anchor for dentures or bridges, but the dentist can put a false tooth on the post. The tooth would be created to look just like the rest of your teeth, so no one would know that it is a false tooth unless you tell them. You can ask to have the post placed at the same appointment as the extraction, reducing the healing time. It is possible, but some things would affect the possibility of it happening. 

Same-Day Implantation

This process happens after the extraction. Depending on how many teeth you have extracted, the dentist may place the implant right after they pull the tooth. Suppose you have multiple teeth being extracted at an appointment. In that case, the dentist may wait until all your teeth are removed because it can be more efficient for the dentist to do the same process over and over instead of breaking it up by doing an extraction, then implantation, then another extraction, etc. Placing the post may also cause problems with doing extractions around that area. One benefit of doing same-day dental implantation is that it will significantly cut down on healing time. If you can't get same-day implantation, then you have to wait for your jaw to heal. Once your jaw has healed, then the implants can be placed. You will have to wait for it to heal again, which can take months. After all that healing, the tooth can be placed. But, with same-day implantation, you are cutting out much of that waiting time. 

If your dentist says you need to have some extractions, talk to them about getting dental implants to fill the gap. For more information on dental implants, contact a professional near you.