In perfect situations, dental implants can be placed immediately after the extraction of a tooth rather than waiting the typical four months for bone healing. In these cases, the natural tooth must not have any infection that can affect the long term health of the dental implant. Adequate bone has to exist around the natural tooth for the dental implant to be able to placed in the tooth socket after extraction. In order to determine if a patient is a candidate for an immediate implant, a 3D x-ray or CBCT is taken and analyzed. This procedure is often done on front teeth where a patient does not want to be missing a tooth for longer than they have to.