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Can You Get a Dental Implant Years after Extraction?

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
a 3D rendering of a dental implantDental implants offer the best solution for replacing extracted teeth as they help prevent bone depletion that may arise as a result of a lack of teeth. Getting dental implants can be crucial, especially as soon as possible, to avoid the need for bone grafting as a result of bone mass deterioration.

Timing and Bone Mass Considerations for Dental Implants

There is no limitation on the duration within which a dental implant can be placed after tooth extraction. This is advantageous, as most people may not be able to afford dental implants after extraction. The challenge, however, arises in the availability of enough bone mass to allow dental implants without the need for further procedures.

For instance, teeth missing between 1 and 2 years do not require bone grafting as there is enough bone mass. For patients who have missing teeth for five years, there is a likelihood of jawbone mass reduction. As the period between extraction and implant placement increases, the risk of reduced bone mass also increases significantly.

Less bone mass means less area for the dental implant to attach to. Additionally, there is a need for healthy gum tissues before an implant can occur. If the gum tissue has also shrunk, it may not be possible to place the dental implant immediately.

In cases where there is significant jawbone mass loss, your dentist can suggest sinus lifts and bone grafts to assist in rebuilding the jaw. A sinus lift makes the jawbone stable for the dental implant. Waiting more years after extraction to receive a dental implant may end up being costly due to the extra procedure of bone grafting required on the jawbone.


Since there is no limit in placing a dental implant, it is crucial to note that increased duration increases the risk of the jaw depleting, which may result in a need for bone grafting to stabilize the jaw before a dental implant is put. If you are considering a dental implant, it is advisable to consult with our dentist as soon as possible to minimize potential complications and additional costs.

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