Immediate Load
 
Immediate loading is a term used to describe implant treatment when a tooth is placed on to your dental implant within 24 - 48 hours of surgery (implant insertion).
 
For many years, dental implants have been the sole option for many who’ve suffered with lost or bad teeth. Traditional implants involve placing the implants and providing the tooth restoration after 3 to 6 months. This timeframe is needed for bone and gums to attach to the implant. The obvious disadvantage of this procedure is that it leaves the patient with no teeth or with a removable, temporary prosthesis.
 
Many patients find this timeframe too long and uncomfortable and finally decide to forego the idea of dental implants. In certain cases, immediate loading implant procedures are considered to be a better option than delayed implants. Immediate load implants are exposed to the chewing force immediately after implantation, so careful planning and design of the new temporary bridge is required. A few months after the temporary bridge has been fitted, the final bridge is fabricated and inserted. Immediate loading techniques have been successfully used by our implant team for the last fifteen years and may be used for single implants and partial or complete bridges. All-on-Four and Pro-Arch are the trade names given to the two largest implant companies who provide the hardware to allow full arch treatments. Our implant surgeon has recently lectured on these techniques both in Malta and overseas. 
 
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Those who have lost all of their teeth — or are soon to have their last, failing teeth removed — have several options for tooth replacement.
Single-tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is surgically placed in an opening that your dentist makes in the jawbone.
When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, dental implants are the best permanent solution.