Dental implants are the latest technology in replacement teeth. They can replace anywhere from one to all of the teeth in your mouth depending on your needs. Dental implants provide a fully functional, natural looking replacement for teeth that are too decayed or damaged to remain in your mouth.
If you’re considering dental implants, you may be wondering how long the process will take. Can dental implants be done in a day? It depends on a few criteria. Learn more about dental implants and what it takes to be eligible for same day implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post shaped like a screw with threads to help it fuse with the bone. It is surgically placed in the jaw where a natural tooth and root used to be. It bonds to the bone through a process called osseointegration that forms a secure hold that can last a lifetime. A dental crown is attached to the implant to replace a single tooth. Multiple implants can be placed throughout the jaw to support a bridge or dentures.
The Dental Implant Process
In most cases a dental implant will be placed in a few separate appointments. The implant is placed first and allowed a few months to bond with the bone. Then the abutment is attached to the implant, the post that will support the crown. The final step is attaching the crown. The entire process can take a few months to a year.
For patients who are ideal candidates, dental implants can sometimes be placed in a single appointment. In this case the implant is placed and the abutment and crown are attached all at once. But there are some specific criteria to make this possible.
Who is Eligible for Same Day Dental Implants?
The biggest factor in eligibility for same day dental implants is the condition of the jaw bone. In the absence of one or more teeth, the jaw bone will deteriorate and begin to dissolve. This is a gradual process over time, so the longer the teeth have been missing, the more the jaw will have weakened.
If there is not sufficient bone density to support a dental implant, some preparation may be necessary. Bone grafting is a procedure that thickens the bone and encourages regeneration of the natural bone tissue. A bone fragment is placed under the gums on top of the existing bone. As it bonds with the bone it strengthens the existing structure and encourages regrowth. After a few months the jaw may be ready for a dental implant to be placed.
The Same Day Dental Implant Process
Although the procedure may be called “same day dental implants” the process will take more than one appointment. The first appointment is a consultation and evaluation to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for dental implants. If so, the next appointment will be scheduled for your dental implant placement. Then you will need a follow up appointment to check your healing progress and ensure that the implant is bonding effectively.
Are You a Good Candidate for Same Day Dental Implants?
If you are interested in same day dental implants to replace one or more teeth, schedule an evaluation with Glassman Dental Care. We can assess the condition of your teeth and jaw to make a recommendation for the best course of treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Can you get full mouth dental implants in one day?
In some cases you can get a full set of implant supported dentures in a single appointment. The implants can be placed and the dentures can be attached all at once. It may take anywhere from 4 to 6 implants to support a full arch denture on either the top or bottom jaw.
Are dental implants worth it?
Dental implants are the highest quality tooth replacement option you can get. They function and look like your natural teeth. Once they are fully bonded with the jaw they can last forever. Dental implants are a worthwhile investment in your oral health as well as your overall health and wellness.