What Are Same Day Dental Implants? - City of Oaks

What Are Same Day Dental Implants?

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Many studies have shown that a healthy, full smile is an important part of a person’s self-esteem. Smiles are one of the first features other people notice about us. When we’re missing a tooth or a few, or we have damaged teeth, it can negatively impact our confidence.

For that reason, dental implants are one of the most popular types of cosmetic dentistry procedures around the world. But, until recently, they’ve also been one of the most complicated.

Traditional dental implants require the patient to go through a long process of surgery, healing, repeat, until they finally have their finished teeth. Because it’s so complex, it deters many people who really want implants but can’t undergo months of procedures.

Now, though, it’s possible to have dental implants in one day. When you use a dental office with the specialized training and equipment, like City of Oaks, you can cut out wasted months and go straight to your new smile in one visit.

How can dental implants be done in one day? It’s not ‘easy,’ but it is simple. 

We take all the pieces that are completed in traditional dental implants, and we combine them into one extended office visit.

Interested in learning more? This guide to same day dental implants will give you the information you need to know to see if you might be able to benefit from them.

Breaking Down One Day Dental Implants Vs. Traditional Implants

Dental implants, as they’re typically performed today, have been around for decades. Over the years, the process and equipment have evolved. The result is a safe, effective procedure that gives you new teeth and a smile you can be proud of.

The main drawback to traditional implants has always been the time component. The process includes three or more office visits. You’ll have a consultation and exam, tooth/teeth extractions, implant placement, and crown bonding, all on separate occasions.

The reason for the lengthy time in between sessions is that your body has to heal from each procedure. But with full dental implants in one day, all three pieces are performed in one visit. This usually means patients with same day implants have more discomfort and swelling, but they recover faster and don’t have to do it all over again.

What Does the Implant Process Look Like?

The results of both types of implant procedures are the same. The only real difference is in how much time it takes until you have your new teeth. 

Each process of the implant placement looks like this:

  1. Once you’ve been approved to have the implant procedures, any surrounding or damaged teeth need to be pulled. The extraction site is left empty with traditional implants, and you return after it’s healed. 

With the fast-tracked process, immediate dental implants are inserted and the healing is done after you leave.

  1. Because the implant is placed in the jawbone, patients who have these procedures have to have a healthy bone density in that area. Implants are basically screw-shaped posts that do the job of your natural tooth’s root.

Most of these are made from a material called titanium alloy. This material is used in the majority of surgical implants because the body usually accepts it quickly.  

To be so strong, they have to fuse with your jawbone. This process, called osseointegration, can take weeks or months to finish. But with one day dental implants, osseointegration starts the same day as the extraction.

  1. The final step is bonding your crowns to the implant. Remember, the implant is the replacement root for your teeth. The crown is the actual visible “tooth.” 

Some people choose to have custom-made crowns that match the rest of their natural teeth. Others don’t mind a more one-size-fits-most approach to their crowns. 

Depending on whether your crowns are ready at the time of your same day implants, you may have permanent bondings, or you might have to come back. If they’re not ready, you’ll have temporary crowns when you leave.

Denture implants in one day and traditional implants both require a follow-up visit so we can be sure you are healing as you’re supposed to. If necessary, we can make adjustments to the crown’s fit to help you chew, talk, and eat more naturally.

The Right Candidate for Same Day Dental Implants

If knocking out all three procedures in one visit sounds like what you’re looking for, there are a few things you should know first. As with any surgical procedure, there are pros and cons.

Not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. Because the recovery can be more intense, you should have strong overall health before undergoing same day implants. 

You should also be aware that with any implant procedure, there’s a small risk of jawbone deterioration that can happen over the years. This risk is slightly higher when you choose dental implants in a day.

Your oral and medical health don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to be pretty good! There are a few things that might disqualify you from being a candidate, such as:

  • Smoking, unless you’re willing to quit
  • Advanced gum disease that we can’t eliminate before the procedure
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Diseases that could be worsened with the procedure

When you’re ready to see if same day dental implants can help you, schedule a consultation with City of Oaks Dental. Don’t assume you’re automatically out of the running before you talk to the dentist. There may be options we’re aware of that you don’t know about yet. 

Be open with us about your dental health goals, and we’ll work with you to come up with a treatment plan that fits your needs and your budget.

Contact City of Oaks Dental to See How We Can Help

At City of Oaks Dental, our professional staff knows what it takes to build your healthy smile. If you’re concerned about same day implant costs, we can walk you through an estimate after you’ve had a consultation.

Please note that any kind of implant falls under the ‘cosmetic procedure’ category for most insurance companies. To find out whether your policy covers implants or not, contact your insurance agent for the most thorough details. 

When you need anything from an annual exam and cleaning to full dental implants in a day, City of Oaks is here for you. Contact us to see how we can help you boost your confidence with a healthy smile.

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