What Are Same-Day Dental Implants?
To put it simply, same-day dental implants are the most convenient way to get a perfect new smile. So, instead of spending weeks or months at your dentist’s office waiting for new teeth, you can get it all done in just one trip.
Well, for traditional implants, there’s a lengthy process involved. You must first extract the affected tooth, then wait 3-4 months for the socket to heal.
After that, we’d insert the implant, followed by another waiting period of 3-6 months. Finally, the crown is placed into the implant. In total, it’s about a 5–10-month process.
With same-day implants, however, are much quicker in nature. Really, you’ll have to see your doctor about 3 times. Once for a consultation, once for surgery, and finally a follow-up. We’ll complete the actual implantation process in a single visit. That means no months of waiting for things to heal. This means you get a new smile quicker than you can say, “Cheese.”
What Are the Pros and Cons of Same-Day Dental Implants?
For some, this quick process could sound too good to be true. So how effective is it, really? How do you know you’re doing what’s best for your teeth?
The Pros of Same-Day Dental Implants
Same-day implants are only getting more and more efficient. The success rate for these surgeries is climbing.
in fact, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the difference in success rates for same-day vs traditional implants is statistically insignificant.
A few other advantages of same-day dental implant surgery include:
- You leave the office with a complete smile
- Easier for the implant to fuse to the bone
- Easier healing process for the gums
- Implant keeps bacteria away from the healing extraction socket
Altogether, this means you’ll leave the office with peace of mind. It’s easier on your body and on your appearance.
The Cons of Same-Day Dental Implants
There are some negatives you should consider before deciding on same-day implants. These were found by the Maxillofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and include:
- Slim, but higher chance of failure than traditional implants
- More marginal bone loss
- Higher post-procedure discomfort
- Longer procedure at one time
Generally, the main risk of same-day implant surgery is a higher risk of implant failure. Same-day surgery can also be harder on the body. Use caution with same-day implants if you have a compromised immune system.
How Do Same-Day Dental Implants Work?
Same-day implants can usually be done in a single procedure, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the number of implanted teeth. However, it is important to note that you won’t actually leave the office with your permanent teeth. But, you will leave with a full smile.
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How does that work?
Same-day dental implants still require time for your gums and jaw to heal. This means crowns cannot be implanted until the mouth has fully healed.
You’ll receive temporary teeth on the day of your procedure. Once the mouth has fully healed, you’ll be sent permanent teeth to easily replace the temporary ones. This means a full-smile on day one, and a permanent smile just a few months later.
As we mentioned earlier, there are actually 3 separate appointments you’ll need to attend. The pre-procedure consultation, the actual surgery, and a post-procedure follow-up. We design each of these to ensure you receive the utmost care and leave the office with a shining, healthy mouth.
Types of Same-Day Dental Implants
Not all dental implants are built the same. The length of your procedure and recovery time will largely depend on which type of implant you’ll be receiving. The different types of same-day implants include:
Single-Tooth Dental Implant
Just as it sounds, this is the implantation of a single false-tooth, also known as a crown. In order to be implanted, you must first have a small titanium device implanted into the gum. This will act as an artificial “root” to secure the tooth.
The crown is typically made of ceramic or porcelain. The orthodontist will take special care to ensure the crown matches the rest of the teeth. This way no one will be able to tell the difference between the false tooth and any others in the mouth.
Full-Arch Dental Implants
The jaw falls into several sections called “arches.” If all or most of the teeth in a single arch need to be replaced, you’ll receive a full-arch dental implant. There are two commonly used types of full-arch implants.
This type of implant takes already existing dentures and turns them into implants by attaching abutments to the bottom. Abutments are used in all implants to attach the prosthetic to the titanium root.
Occasionally, getting your permanent teeth can take a bit longer with dentures. This is because you may need custom dentures for the implantation process. Either way, however, you’ll leave the office with a full smile.
The type of implant that’s right for you will depend largely on your situation. Dr. Sanghavi will help you decide during your initial consultation.