Can Dental Implants Be Done in One Day?

Dental implants are restorative devices used to replace missing teeth. They look and feel like natural teeth, which means you can eat the same foods that you enjoy without worrying about damage or embarrassment. These implants provide a solution that many patients value.

However, you may wonder what is involved in a same-day dental implant procedure or how I can get new teeth quickly? This blog will give you all the information you need on same-day dental implants and why sometimes fast isn’t the best option.

Structure of Dental Implant

Placing Dental Implants Takes Planning

Dental implants can restore a smile ravaged by tooth loss and help people regain their confidence. Unfortunately, if you’re not careful to select an experienced implant dentist in the Allen or Fairview area, the procedure can leave you with a smile that is less than ideal. The problem is that some dentists have little experience with the procedure and don’t take the time to carefully plan how they will achieve the best results for the patient. Instead, they follow a standard protocol that doesn’t account for individual nuances or differences in anatomy or approach. The result is often subpar results.

The success of dental implants depends on several factors, including the patient’s oral health and where in the mouth the implants are placed. An experienced implant dentist will carefully plan the entire process and analyze your situation when planning to place dental implants. They may also recommend preparatory procedures, such as a bone graft, to give your dental implants the highest possible chance of success.

Dental Implant TimeLine

There are many steps to complete before dental implant surgery can be started, and the process will generally take at least three appointments (initial dental implant consultation, treatment, and post-op). Depending on the procedure, certain implant procedures may require extra time for healing after surgery before any dental restorations can be attached. This extra time allows the implants to bond with the surrounding bone, providing the strongest possible support for crowns, bridges, or dentures attached to them.

What Are Same-Day Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing or damaged teeth with permanent ones. And, when you receive same-day dental implants, you can go back to your regular routine the same day. To get same-day dental implants, your dentist will first remove the damaged tooth and prepare the area for implantation. They will then insert an implant into the area where your tooth was extracted. When you leave that day, you’ll already have implants in place! So, instead of waiting weeks or months for new teeth to set in place, you can have a perfect smile back in no time.

benefits and drawbacks of same-day dental implants?

There are both benefits and drawbacks that you should be aware of when it comes to any surgical procedure. Here are some of the pros and cons, along with suggestions about whether or not you might be a good fit for this type of dental procedure.

Pros of Same-Day Dental Implants

One of the benefits patients enjoy about this procedure is that it simplifies their treatment because they can have their implant surgery and their new teeth all on the same day. Here are some other benefits to same-day implants.

  • Both traditional implants and same-day implants have a comparable success rate.
  • Essentially a one day procedure where you leave the office with a complete smile following a tooth extraction.
  • Less recovery time.
  • Replacing a missing tooth can be appealing not just for people in pain but also for those who simply cannot stand to have an empty space in their smile.
  • During recovery, patients can eat and talk that does not cause too much disruption to their regular daily routine.
  • Less physically disruptive to the bone and surrounding tissue.

Cons of Same-Day Dental Implants

With same-day implants, the main risk with any implant procedure is osseointegration and following recovery guidelines to ensure the implant does not fail. Osseointegration is the process of the implants fusing with the jawbone, a process that can take three to six months to fuse fully. For the implant to be successful, whether it is same-day or with traditional implants, osseointegration must occur for the implant to be successful long-term. During the healing period, it is strongly advised that patients follow recovery guidelines to minimize the risk of the implant failing.

  • Longer procedure at one time.
  • Higher risk of implant movement if you don’t follow recovery guidelines.
  • To ensure success, be patient during the process of osseointegration.
  • People who grind their teeth may wear down their dental work and damage the tooth.

How Do Same-Day Dental Implants Work?

Before any treatment is done, we’ll schedule you for three separate appointments: a pre-procedure consultation where we discuss your treatment options, the actual surgery, and a post-procedure follow-up. Each of these is designed to give you thorough care and ensure that you leave our office with a great smile.

Implant placement usually takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the number of teeth implanted. Like traditional implants, same-day dental implants still require some healing time. This means that crowns cannot be placed until the gums and jaw have entirely healed. Instead, you’ll first receive temporary teeth at the time of your procedure once your implant is placed into your jaw bone. Following your dental implant surgery, your doctor will prescribe you pain medication during the healing process. Once the gums have fully healed, we’ll replace the temporary teeth with permanent teeth (dental crown). This means you’ll have a full-smile on day one and a permanent smile in just a few months.

Who are the best candidates for same-day implants?

To be considered a good candidate for dental implants, you must have good overall health and not smoke or give up the habit for a short period following the surgery. The reason for that is because smoking can lead to bacteria growth in the mouth, which can make its way to the implant site and cause an infection. Here are some other factors to see if you’re a good fit.

  • Want to see an immediate cosmetic and functional dental improvement.
  • Have adequate bone density in the implant area.
  • Have healthy oral tissue.
  • Do not have medical conditions that may negatively affect bone healing.
  • Want an alternative to dentures or bridgework.

If you need bone grafting and show signs of dental issues such as suffering from poor oral health or chronic diseases like autoimmune disease or gum disease, it’s important to contact our office to see if same-day implants are right for you. If you’re not currently an ideal candidate, Dr. Feng will still be able to develop a treatment plan customized to your needs, or she may also recommend other procedures to help you achieve your smile goals.

Which is better - Same-day implants or traditional implants?

It depends on the individual smile goals, overall health, and risk tolerance. If your goal is to replace missing teeth with new ones right away while following post-op instructions, then same-day implants can work for you. However, if you don’t mind waiting for a little to ensure you have the highest success rate for the implant working, then traditional implants might work for you. Good things take time, as the saying goes. It might be challenging to wait for your new smile with traditional implants, but you’ll realize that it was worth it when it is in place!

Common questions on same-day implants

Implants last as long as traditional methods: 10+ years. Factors that influence their longevity include:

  • Taking proper care of them such as practicing good dental hygiene
  • Avoid chewing on o eating hard things.
  • Your general lifestyle and health

Same-day dental implants provide the same tooth replacement benefits as traditional implants. The difference is the new teeth will be placed on the abutment following the placement instead of waiting 3 to 6 months.

Come see our dentist today and get a beautiful smile.

If you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth and want to know more about same-day implants, traditional implants, or have questions on how you can restore your beautiful smile, contact Sloan Creek Dental for your initial consultation. Our experienced dentist and team can help you navigate the process from beginning to end and go over treatment options available to you.

You can reach us at our Fairview, TX dental office to schedule an in-person consultation with us today – 972-468-1440. Our dental office is located in Fairview, Texas, and our patients visit us from across the surrounding areas, including Allen, Plano, McKinney, and Lucas.

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