A same-day dental implant is a procedure that allows a patient to receive a dental implant and replacement tooth in a single visit to the dentist's office. This procedure is also sometimes referred to as "immediate load" dental implants.
What Is the One-day Dental Implant Procedure?
The process of a same-day dental implant procedure typically involves the following steps:
Initial consultation: The dentist will perform an initial consultation to assess the patient's oral health and determine if they are a good candidate for same-day dental implants. The evaluation usually includes some scanning and X-Rays to determine bone density. Also, those with current dental issues should have those addressed before the implant procedure moves forward.
Dental implant placement: The dentist will place the implant post into the patient's jawbone during the same visit. This involves creating a small hole in the jawbone and inserting the implant post into the hole.
Tooth replacement: Once the implant post is in place, the dentist will attach a temporary replacement tooth or crown to the implant post.
The same-day process is great for those who have less than the usual amount of bone in their jaw because the post used is a lot shorter. Additionally, the success of the implant will depend on factors such as the patient's overall health, oral hygiene habits, and the placement and stability of the implant.
Not Suitable for All
There are certain factors that may make a person unsuitable for a same-day dental implant procedure. These include:
Gum disease: Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can cause the gums to recede and expose the tooth roots, leading to bone loss. If a person has advanced gum disease, it may need to be treated first before the implant can be placed.
Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune disorders, or cancer may affect the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Your dentist may require that you get a physician's permission for the implant surgery.
Smoking: Smoking can delay healing and increase the risk of implant failure.
Bruxism: Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can put excessive pressure on the implant and cause it to fail. If a person has bruxism, it may need to be treated before the implant can be placed. Many dentists provide mouthguards for patients to prevent damage to teeth.
Find out more by speaking with your dentist about this one-day procedure and if you are qualified. For more information, contact a dentist near you.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!