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Post-Extraction Implant Placement
Once a tooth has been extracted, the socket remaining after the root has been removed needs to heal for a period of time. The healing time after an extraction, and before an implant can be placed is generally three months, however in cases of large root sockets or where infections have caused periapical cysts this can take up to six months. The healing time varies from patient to patient, and clinical advice from the implantlogist will be the best indication.
In some cases patients can have implants placed immediately after extraction, depending on the condition of the jawbone in the region, but if a tooth failure is due to infection it is not advisable to carry out immediate implant placement as remnants of the infection could cause the implant to be rejected. Generally speaking 10% of patients can have immediate implant placement after extraction. Placing an implant in bone that is in the healing process would generally result in implant failure.