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.