When you have lost a tooth or teeth, it is likely that you will want a solution to conceal the gap(s) quickly. While searching for the ideal solution, you have probably overlooked oral implants altogether. After all, traditional endosteal implants can take up to 6 months to fuse to the jaw bone, so they are far from a fast option!
Luckily, there are ways for you to enjoy the security of traditional oral implants without having to sit through such a long waiting time; with a same-day dental implant , you can be in and out of your dental practice with that full smile in a single day!
How is this possible? Read on to find out!
Same day implants
While a same-day dental implant may have you rushing to find a suitable dentist to fit them, this procedure is not for everyone. There are strict criteria for fitting a single dental implant and when it comes to this accelerated procedure, the list is even stricter.
If you are currently suffering from gum disease, poor oral hygiene, a chronic illness, autoimmune disease or even nocturnal bruxism, you will not be a suitable candidate.
In order to begin the process, your dentist will also need to be certain that you are a non-smoker or that you are willing to give up before the procedure begins.
So, with that in mind, the different types of same-day implants will be explored.
Immediate load implants
Usually a combination of a single implant and an implant-supported bridge, immediate load implants can be affixed in a single day. Provided your dental team is satisfied that your jawbone is strong enough to support the implants, this prosthetic set of teeth doesn’t require any bone-grafting or snus lifting that may be required for traditional endosteal implants.
It’s in the name!
Envision a full-size endosteal implant, shrink it by half in length and girth and you have a mini or micro implant. Like immediate load implants, this implant can be fitted with a less invasive procedure than the ones associated with other implant types. Mini fittings are also perfect if you have extensive bone loss, as they do not require the same bone density or strength as immediate load implants. Due to this, a mini implant has a higher failure rate than other implant types on this list.
There is also the option to have 4 implants fitted to each jaw in a day, which will have special abutments to support a temporary set of teeth. Known as all-on-4-implants, these are best used in cases where a full set of dentures are required. While a prompt solution to missing teeth, these implants still need the full 6 months to fuse to the bone and so, during that time, you must avoid damaging your temporary set of teeth by eating hard foods. Once the 6 months are completed, a permanent prosthetic set of teeth will be attached.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.