If you have missing teeth, or you have decayed or broken teeth that need replacing, there are generally three ways your dentist can restore your smile. First is to get a denture, which is a removable replacement that can be either partial or complete. Second is to get a bridge, which is a permanent replacement that is securely fixed in place and attached to your natural teeth.
Third is to get a dental implant, which is the closest thing to a natural tooth. There are two main types of dental implant: traditional (which takes months to complete) and same-day (which can be done in a single visit). But more on that in a moment. If you’d like to skip ahead and talk to a dentist, please contact us. You can also save up to 20% if you join our dental savings plan!
First, how do traditional dental implants work?
A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root. It fits into the mouth the same way a natural tooth does, with a root that integrates with the jaw, and it’s surgically placed into your bone to replace the roots of your missing teeth. These roots are usually made of titanium, which triggers new bone growth, before a crown/denture/bridge is anchored on top.
The number of implants you need will depend on the number of teeth that need to be replaced. As few as four or six implants could be used to permanently anchor a full-mouth denture or extended bridge, for example.
Dental implants prevent the need to alter or reshape adjacent teeth, eliminate the need to wear uncomfortable prostheses, typically last the entire life of the patient (making them cost-effective), and mimic the appearance and function of a natural tooth more than any other type of restoration.
Okay, so what is a same-day dental implant?
Same-day dental implants are an amazing innovation. Rather than extracting the decayed or broken tooth, waiting a few months for the socket to heal, inserting the implant, waiting a few months for it to heal again, and then placing a crown, modern dentists can perform the whole procedure in a day.
However, the advantages extend beyond just saving time. Same-day dental implants also typically fuse to the bone better and the soft tissue tends to heal faster than traditional implants. Patients also don’t have to worry about wearing (and looking after) prosthetics until they get their crowns.
This procedure immediately restores your facial contours, eliminates sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, lessens discomfort, and can be a more affordable option over the long-term. It’s no surprise that they’re such a popular choice for patients needing replacement teeth.
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Are there downsides to same-day dental implants?
Same-day dental implants aren’t for everyone. Your dentist will assess your situation, including the state of your teeth and your overall health, to determine if they’re the best option to restore your smile. You may be a good candidate if your jawbone is strong and free of infection, there is sufficient bone depth to hold the implant, and your bite doesn’t put any undue forces on the tooth.
However, your dentist will talk you through all these factors at your consultation. At the end of the day, you can’t rush the process of osseointegration, which is when the bone grows into the metal implant.
Success requires also team effort, which means the patient has to be really careful to help with the healing process. This could mean sticking to a diet of soft food for a few weeks until it stabilizes.
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Finally, how much do same-day dental implants cost?
One of the most common questions we’re asked is how much dental implant treatments cost. It’s true they can be a little more expensive than other types of tooth replacement. That said, we expect them to last your entire lifetime, when they’re well-maintained, which can save you a lot in the long-term.
You should also remember you don’t have to pay the entire cost up-front. You can talk to the office about a customizable payment plan.
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