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A 33-year-old female asked:

I just had a tooth extracted and have flipper. i want to get pregnant soon and hold off on dental work. how long can i go without getting an implant?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
41 years experience
indefinitely: As long as you can deal with the flipper, you can wait until you are ready to proceed.If you had a bone graft placed, the denser healed bone at the extraction site will be ready for an implant in the future.
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
21 years experience
It varies: The ability to place an implant depends entirely on the quality and quantity of the bone. The longer a tooth is gone, generally, the less bone you have to place an implant. Socket preservation at the time of extraction extends the time you can wait. If that was not done, it means you may require additional bone grafting procedures prior to being able to place an implant.
Dr. Scott Geise
34 years experience
Implant Placement: Once a tooth is extracted, there is a period of time needed to allow strong, healthy bone to develop, generally 2-6 months. As long as you continue to wear your flipper, the adequate space needed to replace the tooth is maintained. And as long as the space is maintained, the implant can be done really anytime after the pregnancy, and at your convenience.
Dr. Theodore Gross
41 years experience
years: You can definitely wait on getting an implant until after you give birth. The only downside is possible bone resorption but you can have ridge augmentation if needed prior to or at the time of placement of the implant.

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Last updated Oct 21, 2013


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