Unsurprisingly, in terms of time, the delayed implantation is situated in between the immediate and late implantation. It involves a middle course frequently preferred in the field of dental implantology, maximizing the advantages of both approaches and relieving the disadvantages to the greatest possible extent.
During delayed implantation, the implant is inserted approximately six to eight weeks after the old tooth has been removed. This time can be taken advantage of in order to enable the soft tissue around the tooth to regenerate. Regular inspections ensure the absence of infections and keep the bone tissue from receding significantly. As soon as the wound has healed up and the gum cover has closed, the dentist can evaluate the conditions of the bone and insert the implant. Should the bone volume be insufficient at this point in time, the dentist can perform readjustments by means of bone augmentation.
Soft tissue healing facilitates bone augmentation measures. Constant monitoring can help to offset unexpected bone loss and minimize the aesthetic risks of an immediate implantation.
Generally speaking, during a delayed implantation, the implant may not be burdened immediately, however, an option allowing immediate loading does exist.