Immediate Tooth Replacement

What is Immediate Tooth Replacement?

When a permanent tooth or root must be removed due to injury or decay, an immediate tooth implant placement may be possible. If the tooth to be replaced is in the front, many times a temporary  crown can be placed on the implant within a few days. Immediate tooth replacement offers the same benefits as conventional dental implant treatment but in significantly less time and without having to wear a removable temporary prosthesis. Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery Center is Arizona’s leading immediate tooth replacement center. Dr. Robert Guyette and Dr. Olga Smutko have more than 40 years of combined experience in dental implant surgery.

Why Choose an Immediate Implant for Tooth Replacement?

Few things are more disconcerting than breaking a tooth, especially a front tooth. Whether the cause is a sporting injury, spontaneous fracture, or severe tooth decay, missing a front tooth will change your day…and not for the better. Fortunately, advances in the field of dental implants allow us, in most cases, to remove the remaining root of the broken tooth and immediately place a dental implant. 

Within a few days, a beautifully aesthetic, laboratory-made temporary tooth is placed on the implant and the initial tooth replacement is complete. Once the implant is completely healed, your dentist will replace this temporary crown with a final crown, which is designed to be permanent. This usually occurs 3-6 months later.

Benefits of Immediate Tooth Replacement

Our immediate tooth replacement technique eliminates the need to wear a removable tooth replacement device for up to 4 months or longer. It also helps preserve the delicate bone and gum tissue around the broken tooth. For this technique to be successful, it requires a commit-ment from the patient to carefully keep the new tooth clean and to avoid chewing on the tooth for 8 weeks, which allows initial integration of the tooth in the bone.

Restore Your Smile with Immediate Tooth Replacement

If you find yourself in a situation where you are suddenly missing a front tooth, contact our office and we will help you to quickly smile again with confidence.

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Immediate Tooth Replacement


As we age, our teeth become more brittle. As a result, fracture lines can form and teeth can break, frequently at the gum line. This process is accelerated if you have had a root canal or your teeth have been veneered or crowned. If this happens, many times it is not possible to save the tooth.

As improbable as it sounds, it is sometimes possible to remove a single tooth, place a dental implant and within 2 days, have a natural appearing tooth attached to the implant. This is possible because of improved implant materials and design and our expanding knowledge of the biology of bone healing and implant integration.

What this means for you is that should you have the unsettling experience of breaking a front tooth, if everything goes as expected, you can have a replacement tooth that is both fixed and very aesthetic. This avoids the need for wearing a removable tooth replacement appliance that can be uncomfortable and negatively impact the long-term result.

Even though the tooth replacement can look much like the natural tooth it replaced, it is not ready to function like a normal tooth. It takes 2-4 months for the implant to integrated with the bone before you can use it normally. During that time, you will have to chew carefully and avoid biting in the area of the tooth.

If you find yourself breaking a tooth and don’t know what to do next, contact your dentist or give us a call and we can quickly determine if you are a good candidate for immediate tooth replacement.

Immediate Tooth Replacement in Scottsdale & Avondale, AZ