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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 115-120

Immediate implant: An approach for better esthetics!!!

Department of Periodontics and Implantology, National Dental College, Dera Bassi, Punjab, India

Date of Submission12-Sep-2016
Date of Acceptance14-Sep-2016
Date of Web Publication16-Nov-2016

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Dr. Gurpreet Kaur
Department of Periodontics and Implantology, National Dental College, Dera Bassi, Punjab
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-6944.194240

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Dental implants can be placed in fresh sockets just after tooth extraction. These are called "immediate implants." The intention of placing immediate implants is to try to preserve tissue contour, dimension, and also decrease treatment time. The soft and hard tissue changes following tooth extraction are in close relationship to the timing of the implant placement. In spite of similar success rates reported for immediate, early, and delayed placement, it is very important to understand the risk factors related to each procedure, to have careful case selection, and to closely follow the surgical and prosthetic protocols. The paper describes a case of 29-year-old male with right maxillary lateral incisor root stump, treated with extraction of the root stump followed by immediate implant placement.

Keywords: Crown, fresh extraction socket, immediate implant, osseointegration

How to cite this article:
Grover D, Kaur G. Immediate implant: An approach for better esthetics!!!. Indian J Oral Sci 2016;7:115-20

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Grover D, Kaur G. Immediate implant: An approach for better esthetics!!!. Indian J Oral Sci [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Feb 19];7:115-20. Available from: http://www.indjos.com/text.asp?2016/7/2/115/194240

  Introduction Top

Tooth loss can adversely affect an individual's life. It has been found to have an emotional impact affecting one's self-confidence, food habits, esthetics, function, and personal and social life. The dentist's primary goal in such situations should be to restore the patient to normal esthetics, function, speech, and overall health.[1] Missing teeth and supporting oral tissues have traditionally been replaced with dentures or bridges permitting restoration of chewing function, speech, and esthetics. Dental implants offer an alternative. These implants are inserted into the jawbones to support a dental prosthesis and are retained because of the intimacy of bone growth onto their surface.[2] This direct structural and functional connection between living bone and implant surface, termed osseointegration, was first described by Brånemark et al. and has undoubtedly been one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs in dentistry over the past 30 years.[3] Teeth may have been lost through dental disease or trauma, or they may be congenitally absent. However, in many clinical situations, compromised teeth or roots may still be present in the patient's mouth.[4] Traditionally, before placing dental implants, compromised teeth were removed, and the extraction sockets were left to heal for several months. However, the great majority of patients are interested in shortening the treatment time between tooth extraction and implant placement or even better in having the implants inserted during the same session as the teeth are extracted (immediate implants). This would result in interventions for replacing missing teeth: dental implants in fresh extraction sockets.

Implant placement in fresh extraction sockets is well documented.[5] Animal and human studies have demonstrated attainment of osseointegration following immediate placement of the implant in freshly extracted tooth/teeth at a light microscopic level.[6] In addition, numerous human clinical studies have documented high levels of success of implant placed at the time of tooth extraction and subsequently restored and in function.[7] Immediate implants require a precise case selection to achieve successful results. If conditions are not favorable, an alternative approach, like delayed placement can be done

  Case Report Top

A 29-year-old male reported in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology with the chief complaint of root stump in the upper right front region and gave a history of trauma due to accidental fall on floor during badminton game 2 years back, in which he had fractured maxillary left lateral incisor and the patient went for root canal treatment but left it incomplete due to negligence and slowly tooth crown was worn out [Figure 1]. He was referred to the Department of Periodontics and Implantology for needful. The patient's general and medical history was taken and was found nonsignificant. The patient was examined clinically and orthopantomograph was taken [Figure 2]. After clinical and radiographic examination, it was evaluated that there was no underlying pathology and tooth root was unrestorable but was surrounded by healthy bone.
Figure 1: Preoperative intraoral view

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Figure 2: Preoperative orthopantomograph

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Atraumatic extraction of the root stump followed by immediate placement of implant was planned. The patient was informed about the treatment and consent of the patient was taken. Consent for taking photographs of the patient was taken too.

Root stump was extracted atraumatically under local anesthesia after carefully raising the flap [Figure 3] and [Figure 4]. The pilot drill (D-2.0 mm) was used for creating an osteotomy site of the appropriate depth, i.e., 10 mm for implant placement (Osstem implant system) [Figure 5]. It is indexed with various markings corresponding to the desired implant lengths. When appropriate depth was reached with the pilot drill, the implant depth probe was used for tactile perception of intact bony plates, any perforation, and the confirmation of desired osteotomy depth. Once desired depth was confirmed, paralleling pins were placed to check the proper alignment of the implant with adjacent teeth and opposing occlusion. After confirmation of depth and angulation, the osteotomy site was prepared by a series of gradually larger drills to the requisite width with a speed of 1400-1500 rpm at 1:16 reduction torque as per manufacturer instructions.
Figure 3: Root after extraction-extraoral view

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Figure 4: Intraoral view after root extraction

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Figure 5: Bone drilling with bur

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The implant site was generously irrigated with sterile saline to remove any residual bone chips/other residue following preparation. The depth of the osteotomy site was ascertained with implant depth probe. The implant was removed from the sterile vial using the insertion tool and delivered directly into the osteotomy site. Contamination by touching the implant with instruments made of a dissimilar metal or by contact with soft tissue, cloth, or even surgical gloves may affect the degree of osseointegration. The implant was then pressed into the prepared site with 35 N torque with the mount on handpiece and finally aided by the insertion mount. Thus, implant placement was done with insertion tool attached to the implant head with handpiece mechanically and finally with torque controlled ratchet [Figure 6] manually to snugly fit the implant. The implant was never forced into the socket with excessive force as this might lead to microcracks in the surface bone resulting in improper osseointegration. Implant that was placed was checked for stability by applying gentle pressure to determine if it could be depressed or rotated. Furthermore, primary implant stability was assessed with the torque-controlled ratchet. The cover screw, provided with the implant package, was then placed using the hex-driver using finger pressure. At this point, the implant was confirmed to be immobile, which reaffirmed primary implant stability. The flap margins were then repositioned and sutured tension-free using 3-0 silk reverse in interrupted fashion [Figure 7].
Figure 6: Implant in final position

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Figure 7: Closure of socket with suture 3-0 silk

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An intraoral periapical radiograph was taken postoperatively to evaluate the implant angulation and position [Figure 8].
Figure 8: Postoperative intraoral periapical after implant placement

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The patient was on regular recall and under strict oral hygiene measures. After 12 weeks, the radiograph was taken [Figure 9], and prosthetic phase was carried out under the opinion and supervision of a prosthodontist. After soft-tissue healing, impressions were made with the impression postattached to the implant using the closed-tray impression technique. Shade selection was also done during this appointment. Casts with impression, postimplant analog complex, abutment, lab drivers, and selected shade were sent to laboratory for preparation of cement-retained porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crown. Healing abutment/gingival former was replaced until the time taken for laboratory manufacture of the prosthesis. After approximately 4-7 days, the healing abutments were removed and replaced with the final abutment. The PFM crown was checked for its passive fitting to abutment and noninterference with adjacent teeth. Crown was then cemented with glass ionomer cement (GC Fuji-I) [Figure 10].
Figure 9: Postoperative intraoral periapical radiograph after 12 weeks

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Figure 10: Porcelain fused to metal crown (12) in position-intraoral view

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The patient was given oral hygiene instructions, and periodic recall was maintained.

  Discussion Top

Atraumatic extraction is essential while placing an immediate implant. Attempting this is recommended to provide the best healing conditions for the socket. Despite all efforts, trauma to the bundle bone of the socket cannot be avoided since extracting a tooth implies severing the collagen fibers and blood vessels of the periodontal ligament. There are several techniques described to carry out an extraction atraumatically. Blus and Szmukler-Moncler state that with piezosurgery, extractions are less traumatic than with forceps, especially in carious teeth or brittle roots.[8] Cosyn et al. perform their atraumatic extractions with periotomes with minimal mucoperiosteal flap.[9]

Extracting a tooth, with or without elevating a flap, is a surgical aspect that must be considered. Covani et al. affirm that elevating a flap may cause alveolar bone resorption in the exposed area, whereas a flapless technique reduces patient discomfort, alveolar crest dimensional alterations, and better quality of the soft tissue around postextraction sites. This reduces surgical trauma and preserves the integrity of the vascular supply because the periosteum is maintained.[10]

Once the tooth is extracted, the stages of alveolar healing initiate.[11] There are diverse numbers of proposed classifications of sockets after tooth extractions. Many of these can aid the clinician in the decision-making process to determine if their case is favorable for immediate implant placement or not. The proposed five keys to consider are important to take into account before tooth extraction and what considerations to have during and after implant placement. This can guide the clinician to choose favorable cases and avoid complications.

There are five key aspects to consider during the decision-making process, to help prevent blunders that can lead to difficult esthetic situations. The following are: (1) the presence of a buccal plate, (2) primary stability, (3) implant design, (4) filling of the gap between the buccal plate and the implant, and (5) tissue biotype.[11]

Buccal plate

The buccal bone is a critical aspect, and the first triangle, one has to take into account, to prevent esthetic complications. Grunder et al. suggest that the presence of a 2 mm buccal plate is crucial to avoid soft tissue recession, and an interimplant distance of 3 mm should always be present to allow papilla formation.[11] If the case requires installing an implant adjacent to a tooth, they state that a distance of 1.5 mm should be maintained to preserve bone tissue and fiber attachment and, therefore, the loss of the interproximal papilla. Choquet et al. state that papilla level is mostly related to the bone level adjacent to teeth and more specifically to the bone crest.[11] They determine that when a distance of 5 mm or less between the contact point to the bony crest exists, the regeneration of papillae will be accomplished. Furthermore, palatally placed implants provide more space to allow for the growth of horizontal soft tissue that can later be manipulated to create a more adequate soft-tissue profile.

Moreover, when there is a lack of mesiodistal space, Vela et al. study the concept of platform switching; a discrepancy between the diameter of the implant platform and the abutment.[11] They were able to determine that these implants can be as close as 1 mm to teeth and still maintain the interproximal bone peak. On the other hand, there is a minimum distance that implants should be separated to maintain a bone peak. With the use of the platform switching, implants can be placed as close as 1.5-3 mm to each other and still obtain a greater coronal bone-to-implant contact, thus preserving the interproximal bone peak.

Primary stability

Placing an immediate implant is a delicate procedure, which requires not only the presence of the buccal plate but also of sufficient bone apical to the extracted tooth's alveolus. An approximate 2-4 mm of bone apical to the alveolus is necessary to have a greater possibility of obtaining a stable anchor and thus obtain stability. This can be enhanced by the type of implant used, which is of a tapered design.

Implant design

Different implant designs influence the biomechanics of the environment where an immediate implant is placed. As mentioned before, achieving primary stability at implant placement is essential when planning an immediate load technique. To enhance primary stability, self-tapping implants were developed, which compress the alveolar bone as the implant is inserted.

Therefore, the overall design of an implant is ideally one that ensures good primary stability even when placed into the bone of reduced quality and quantity.

Fill in the gap

After an extraction, it has been postulated that there is a horizontal resorption of bone dimension that amounts to 56%. Furthermore, when an implant is inserted immediately after a full-thickness flap extraction, there will be a void created between the buccal wall and the implant.[10] The mentioned space, is suggested to be filled with a biomaterial for many reasons described by Araújo et al.[11] They state that filling the gap with deproteinized bone mineral has beneficial outcomes: (i) hard tissue healing process is modified, (ii) additional hard tissue is present at the reentrance of the socket after a period of bone healing, (iii) soft tissue recession is prevented, and there is an (iv) improvement of the marginal bone-to-implant contact.

Therefore, the placement of xenogenic material in the void between the buccal wall and the implant surface compensates for the hard tissue lost after a tooth is extracted.[11] A preoperative cone-beam computed tomography can be very helpful in terms of measuring the buccal plate and can provide more information before the extraction of the tooth.

Thus, this is done to maintain hard-tissue contour, but preserving the volume in soft tissue is also of crucial importance, especially in the esthetic zone. This is the fifth triangle, biotype.


Kois et al. analyzed five factors that influence peri-implant esthetics.[11] They stated before tooth extraction, it is important to predict the complexity of the case by considering the initial tooth position in the three planes of space.[11] The type of periodontium can provide the clinician with useful information to determine the intricacy of the case. The presence of a highly scalloped gingiva translates into a larger discrepancy between facial and interproximal bone leading to an increased risk of recession.[12] Furthermore, the patient's biotype is also of crucial importance, being more favorable, if it is thick rather than thin.[11] Of equal significance is the location of interproximal bone before extraction, which will prevent the loss of the interproximal osseous position and, thus, the overall soft tissue architecture.[13]

Immediate implants require a complicated and precise soft-tissue management. Moreover, De Rouck et al. demonstrate that using single immediate implants with instant provisionalization, can help optimize esthetics.[11] It was concluded that this could limit the amount of midfacial soft tissue loss, being this area the most critical in esthetic implant dentistry. Nevertheless, if primary stability is not achieved, or the patient's case does not fit the ideal requirements for immediate provisionalization, this should not be done, and therefore, a different type of treatment should be considered.[13]

Many clinical reports and experimental studies in the animal model demonstrated the favorable outcome of dental implants immediately inserted in freshly extraction socket, without the use of any regenerative material.[4],[6]

Our data show a survival rate of immediate implantation carried out on this patient at 1 year after immediate implantation and does not differ from the cases in which implant was placed in healed sites. These data agree with those from other authors who evaluated the clinical success rate of immediate implantation without the use of any membrane or graft material in both humans and animals. It must be kept in mind that the present study is related to immediate implant, not subjected to functional loading, and therefore, not fully comparable with the results from loaded implants.[12] However, it has been demonstrated that functional loading does not impair but rather enhances bone maturation.[13]

Thus, implant dentistry enables the restoration of nearly every clinical situation ranging from partially to totally edentulous patients with greater success and predictability. With all the advancements that have been made so far in the field of implantology, the goal still remains to further simplify the existing procedures, reduce the time duration of implant therapy for both the patient and the clinician, make the treatment cost-effective, and improvise the success rate. Efforts to achieve this goal along with a thorough training of the dental professionals to perform as a team and long-term maintenance by the patients surely makes implants the future of dentistry.[14]

  Conclusion Top

Following the five diagnostic keys, (1) the presence of a buccal plate, (2) primary stability, (3) implant design, (4) filling of the gap between the buccal plate and the implant, and (5) tissue biotype, can help reach a more precise diagnosis and case selection to obtain optimum results.

  1. Performing an atraumatic extraction can prevent a more pronounced bone loss
  2. When positioning the implant in an ideal three-dimensional position, the void should always be grafted with biomaterial
  3. It is recommended to compensate soft tissue remodeling, by means of overbuilding buccally with biomaterial or by a soft tissue graft
  4. When possible, using provisional crowns in immediately placed implants can help maintain soft-tissue contours
  5. Implant design is recommended to be self-tapered, so it can favor reaching primary stability.

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