The process of getting traditional dental implants is a multi-step procedure that requires a lot of waiting. After the initial surgery, you will need to wait 3-6 months, for the implant to heal before the crown (visible replacement tooth) can be installed. This means you will either need to wear removable dentures or continue living with no visible tooth until the permanent replacement can be installed.
However, there is an alternative — “Same-day implants”, also sometimes referred to as “immediate load” implants. When you get same-day implants, a temporary crown in installed at the same time the actual implant, or artificial root, is. This allows for optimal aesthetics and fewer office visits.
It’s important to understand that while both the implant and crown can be installed in the same day, this does not mean you only need to visit your implant doctor once. Regular checkups are necessary to ensure that the implant does not shift, and that the implant is being fused to the jawbone properly.
While there are significant benefits to same-day implants, not everyone is a prime candidate for them. Same-day implants require a lot of stability, which means that your jawbone must have enough bone volume and density to ensure a secure fit. They also require you to maintain excellent oral hygiene, follow a soft food diet, and avoid putting excessive force on the implant. The implant still needs to integrate with your jawbone, and if too much force is applied to the crown, there can be negative consequences — including potential implant failure.
Specific conditions that may disqualify you from same-day implants include regular smoking, autoimmune disease, hygiene issues, or a chronic disease. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, same-day implants may also not be right for you.
At ActOn Implants, Dr. Matt Slaven will examine your teeth and bone structure during your initial consultation. He will then come up with a custom treatment plan specific to you. Same-day implants may be recommended for people with strong teeth and good oral hygiene. Contact us today to schedule a visit so you can find out if same-day dental implants are right for you.