Widespread tooth loss can occur due to severe gum disease, tooth decay, or mouth trauma, but dentures are one option available to patients to replace some or all the teeth. When receiving a full set, the teeth are removed from the mouth and a whole arch of prosthetic teeth is attached to an acrylic base…
Same-Day Dental Implants
Thanks to same-day dental implants, it is now possible for you to replace missing or failing teeth during a single visit to a dentist. That is a huge plus for anyone who has been reluctant to get implants due to the fact that the process can take up to six months to be completed (and up to nine months if the patient needs bone grafts.)
Implants have gained lots of popularity in recent years as a growing number of people prefer them to other restorations like bridges and dentures. Unlike these other prosthetics, implants also replace the lost roots, preserving the patient's jawbone tissue.
The way traditional dental implants work involves the patient having to come in for at least two procedures. During the first, the implant is placed in the person's jaw, and it is left there for up to six months so it can fuse with the bone tissue, holding it in place. The patient then comes in to have a crown placed on the implant to complete the installation. Many patients are willing to put up with the lengthy process that the traditional installation of implants involves due to the many benefits these restorations provide, such as the fact that they preserve the patient's bone tissue without any specialized maintenance, and they are a longlasting solution that can even last a lifetime.
One of the reasons why the process for installing traditional implants takes so long is because some dentists estimate the best placement area for the implant. This sometimes leads to the restoration being placed in a non-optimal spot, increasing how long the procedure takes.
How same-day dental implants are installed
The procedure for installing same-day dental implants is completely different from the traditional process. During the treatment, an implant is placed in the patient's jaw and a crown is placed on it during the same visit. An extraction can even be performed prior to the procedure if the patient has a failing tooth.
The key to same-day implants is computer imaging technology that is used to determine the best place to insert the implant. Digital scans of the patient's teeth are taken and the information is used to generate a digital model of the patient's jaw. This allows the dentist to insert the implant in the best location possible, giving the newly-installed implant a base that is stable enough to have an artificial tooth attached to it. The accuracy of the procedure is what makes it possible to safely fit the implant with an artificial tooth the same day it is installed.
Interested in same-day dental implants?
You might be eligible for same-day implants which can help you avoid having to wait up to six months for a tooth replacement. Why wait up to six months for an artificial tooth if you do not have to?
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