At the time of tooth extraction, Dr. Eric Linden may feel that a bone graft with the use of the dental laser will be needed to fill the extraction socket to preserve the gum ridge and create a solid bone foundation for a future implant, removable appliance or fixed bridge. The time it takes for the bone graft to be dense enough to place a dental implant will be significantly shorter with the use of the laser. Also, post-operative pain and swelling will be minimized..
Implants can usually be placed 3-6 months post extraction. Removable appliances, fixed bridges, and crowns can be placed much sooner, depending on the individual case.
After an implant has been placed into the bone, it can take 3-6 months to completely fuse with the bone. This process is called osseointegration. Like a natural tooth root, this integration with the bone will create the needed support for your implant post and crown to function normally.