Dental implants are the most advanced technology in tooth replacement. One dental implant can replace a single tooth, and multiple implants can support a bridge or dentures. The procedure for getting dental implants involves the placement of the implant, attaching the abutment, and then attaching the prosthetic.
Can dental implants be done in one day? In some cases they can. But it depends on the type of procedure and the patient. Here’s what you need to know about same day dental implants to determine whether or not they may be right for you.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. It fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration that creates a solid bond that can last a lifetime. For a typical dental implant, the root portion is placed first, allowing time for it to fuse with the bone. A few months later the abutment can be attached that will eventually connect with the prosthetic, either a single crown, a bridge, or dentures.
How Do Same Day Dental Implants Work?
There is one type of dental implant restoration that can be done in a single day. All-on-4 is a complete set of artificial teeth that are anchored by 4 dental implants placed in the jaw. The procedure involves placing the dental implants and attaching the prosthetic all in one appointment. You will have a consultation appointment first, then preparations will be made for you to receive your dental implants and your new teeth in the next appointment.
Benefits of Same Day Dental Implants
There many benefits to getting same day dental implants:
- Fewer appointments. You may only need 2 appointments to get same day dental implants; a consultation to plan the procedure and another appointment to get your new teeth.
- No need for a temporary prosthetic. With traditional dental implants to replace one tooth or for implant supported dentures, temporary prosthetics are required while your mouth heals and the implants fuse with the bone. Same day dental implants eliminate the need for temporary prosthetics.
- Can be done with less bone structure. The implants required for All-on-4 can be placed with less bone structure in the jaw. This means if your jaw has weakened some due to missing teeth, you may still be able to receive All-on-4 without bone grafting required.
Am I a Candidate for Same Day Dental Implants?
You may be a candidate for same day dental implants if you need to have all of your teeth replaced. All-on-4 can be placed with less bone structure than traditional dental implants or implant supported dentures. The only way to know for sure is to have an evaluation by a dentist or periodontist.
Why See a Periodontist for Dental Implants?
A periodontist specializes in treatments and procedures that involve the support structures for the teeth, which includes the gums and jaw. For dental implants to be successful, they must be accurately and precisely placed in the jaw bone at the correct angle and depth. This is especially important for same day dental implants. A periodontist has the skill and experience to place dental implants for optimal success.
Life Dental Specialties Provides Same Day Dental Implants
If you’re interested in same day dental implants, Life Dental Specialties may be able to help. After an initial consultation and evaluation, we can make a recommendation regarding same day dental implants and whether or not they are right for you.
Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.