Dental Implant Years After Extraction?

Dental implants are an exceptional tooth-replacement solution available to patients. The dental implant process involves the surgical placement of the implant directly into the jawbone. Fortunately, even patients who had a tooth extracted years ago, can still be good candidates for receiving dental implants. Regardless of when the tooth was extracted, the jawbone must have adequate bone density needed to support the implant. In some cases, the dentist may perform bone grafting if additional bone density is needed.


The following article will discuss common topics associated with dental implants.


Dental Implant Cost

The cost for a single dental implant is typically about $1,000 to $3,000. The abutment and crown typically costs about $500 to $3,000. The total cost for a dental implant will range from $1,500 to $6,000 or more.


While properly trained general dentists can perform dental implant procedures, they are often focused primarily on the cost associated with dental implants. Unfortunately, this can impact whether they invest in the upfront costs associated with the required facilities and technology. There are also costs associated with maintaining these facilities and qualifications.


In the U.S., many patients do not pursue dental implants because their inability to find a dentist who provides implants at a reasonable cost. Unfortunately, the cost associated with dental implants often prevents patients from considering this as a valid options for replacing their missing teeth.


Dental Implant Specialists

It is a common myth that only implant specialists can perform the dental implant procedure. Many general dentist believe that patients prefer to receive implants from dental implant specialists. Globally, close to 90% of general dentists are able to perform the dental implant procedure. In the U.S. however, only about 15% of general dentists perform the procedure. With the proper equipment, technology, and training, it is perfectly safe for general dentists to perform the dental implant procedure.



While dental implants are an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth, there is a risk of infection associated with the surgical placement of the implant. The following are signs and symptoms which indicate an infection may be present:

  • Continuous bleeding following surgery
  • Persistent or worsening fever
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Severe swelling


If you experience any of the above symptoms following the implant procedure, it is important to follow up with your dentist right away. It is important to act quickly when an infection is present to ensure there is no long-term damage. In some cases, it can weeks or months after the surgery for the infection to occur.



While this form of gum disease cannot typically be fully cured, it can be treated and prevented. Most patients can prevent periodontitis by practicing good oral hygiene and with regular visits to the dentist for an examination and professional cleaning. Good oral hygiene consists of twice daily brushing and daily flossing in addition to eating a well-balanced diet.


In most cases, dental implants are made from titanium. Titanium is extremely strong and durable. Often times, it is even stronger than the natural teeth. While dental implants are an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth, there are other tooth-replacement options which patients may consider. Some of the most common alternative tooth-replacement options include same-day dental implants, mini dental implants, all-on-4 implants, bridges and implant-supported dentures. Follow up with your dentist to discuss if you may be a good candidate for dental implants.

Best Option for Missing Teeth Replacement