Dental implants are an increasingly popular way to replace missing teeth, and consist of a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone and which is used to support the replacement tooth. Traditionally the implant posts have been left to heal for several months before being loaded with the implant crown, bridge or denture.
Nowadays immediate loading is becoming far more common, where the implants and temporary teeth are placed within 48 hours of implant surgery and are left in position for the healing period. At the end of the healing period, the temporary teeth are replaced with permanent crowns.
How are they different from traditional implants?
Traditional implants are a great long term solution for replacing missing teeth. However, many patients are discouraged by the lengthy healing period and need for multiple office visits. While waiting for the site to heal, patients may be forced to wear temporary dentures or remain toothless for the duration. For some patients, this eliminates dental implants as a viable option for replacing missing teeth.
With Same Day Implants, however, this is not necessary. Instead of waiting three to six months for the implants to integrate with the jaw bone, Same Day Implants use an extremely precise placement method to enable immediate functioning. In most cases, the procedure only takes about an hour!
How does this work?
Once the Surgeon/Prosthodontic team ascertains through radiographs and examination that you have sufficient bone for dental implants, the Prosthodontist fabricates a full arch set of teeth to be placed the same day as the surgeon places the implants. The Surgeon, in two or three hours, places the implants and if he needs to, removes the remaining ailing teeth. Usually a mild sedative is used or you can be put to sleep, if you like. You are driven to the Prosthodontist’s office, where in about two hours (mostly while you snooze), the doctor fits teeth to your implants. And, you walk out with teeth fixed to your implants ready to have dinner! No bulky dentures and baby food for you.
Why Dental Implants?
First, it’s a more permanent solution. Implants do not decay. Dental implants maintain bone height, which provides needed facial support as we age.
Why choose Same Day Implants?
Although the initial cost is higher, there is no problem with nutrition, speaking, and over-all confidence because teeth are fixed in your mouth. The hassle with dental implants has always been wearing a removable device while the implants heal for four to six months. Now you have teeth the same day! Incidentally, sometimes for individual single tooth situations, you can have teeth the same day as well.
Here are before and after photos of “same day implant” teeth recipients.
Examples (photos of actual patients):