Same Day Dental Implants? It's Possible

It may seem counterintuitive, but the more implants you need, the greater the chances are of having them done in a single day. Read on and learn more. 

When You Need Only One Implant

Dental implants tend to last a very long time. They are implanted directly into the jawbone, and they will gradually become one with the bone. The post that sinks into the bone is designed to allow for bone growth. In many cases, a single implant takes a while to accomplish. Many patients need a bone graft to strengthen the jawbone before the implant can be placed. That is because some people have bone loss in the jaw area and the jaw won't support an implant.

Bone grafts take time to heal and that adds to the processing time. Once the bone graft has healed, the implant post can be placed. However, that is not the end of the process because the post takes time to bond with the jawbone. That ensures that the implant will have a strong hold on the post. While bone growth happens, patients cannot put pressure on the implant. That means that the dentist will delay placing the crown, or the false tooth, atop the post for several months. It can seem like a long process, and it is. However, the process is a lot faster if you need to have more than a single implant done.

When You Need Several Implants

Those with several missing teeth may be able to have the implant process complete in a single day—even if they have bone loss in the jaw. When several teeth are missing, the dentist can identify strong areas of the jawbone and choose where each implant should go. They will plan to place implants only where the jaw is strong. That means several implants can be done at once.

The key is the use of the implants to hold the other false teeth in place. The implants will serve as anchors for the false teeth (which are like dentures but not removable). This way of doing things puts less pressure on an individual tooth and spreads it out among all the teeth, both implanted, natural, and false. In some cases, teeth must be extracted to attain a full arch of teeth using this method.

Speak to your dentist to find out more about the same-day implant process and how easy it can be to attain the perfect smile.