At Dental Solutions we offer same day dental implants in Glendale AZ. We replace missing teeth permanently using titanium appliances and a biological process called osseointegration, or the fusion of the implant anchor to the jawbone. In most cases, osseointegration takes several months to complete. By allowing bone to naturally attach itself to the titanium post, dental implants remain secure and fixed in place, functioning like a real tooth.
What are Same Day Dental Implants?
Instead of waiting months for osseointegration to take place, people can now receive dental implants in one office visit. A prior visit is needed so the dentist can take a CT scan of the jawbone used to plan specifics of the implant procedure. In addition, crowns are created in advance and ready for placement.
Who are Good Candidates for Same Day Dental Implants?
To determine whether someone is a good candidate for a dental implant, dentists will assess the condition of a patient’s teeth, gums and bone. When gaps exist between teeth for long periods, atrophy of gum tissue often occurs, which can compromise the success of an implant procedure. Pre-prosthetic treatments may be necessary to restore gum health or rebuild bone density to improve the chance that osseointegration takes place. The fusion of bone with the titanium-based implant appliance is necessary so that the implant can bear the usual biomechanical loads experienced by teeth during chewing and biting. In addition, dental implants support neighboring natural teeth improving your overall dental health.
For people with good oral health, implant dentists can immediately insert an implant following extraction of a tooth. The procedure follows the same steps used to insert a traditional implant, with the exception that the patient goes home with a dental implant replacement the same day a tooth is extracted. In addition to the shortened treatment time, people who dislike or fear extensive dental treatments avoid the stress of experiencing repeated visits to the dentist for evaluation of the osseointegration process and placement of abutment and crown. In some instances, delayed loading (traditional dental implant procedures) may be unavoidable due to irreversible bone disease such as osteoporosis or bone damage due to previous periodontitis.
Pre-Treatments for Same Day Implants
Same day implants mean people do not have to wait several months for osseointegration to occur. Instead, dentists simply apply the crown onto the implant immediately after it is surgically implanted. If the pre-evaluation reveals signs of gingivitis or periodontitis, the dentist will need to reverse these conditions by thoroughly cleaning the mouth, performing scaling and root planing and prescribing antibiotics to eliminate infections. Bone density must also be strong enough to handle an implant without compromising the stability of other areas of the jawbone.
Sometimes, the person’s jawbone may not have the density required to initiate a successful dental implant procedure. To promote jawbone strength, implant dentists recommend some people undergo bone grafts to enhance the integrity of the jawbone. Bone grafts are also minimally invasive procedures involving the addition of synthetic or human bone tissue to the area where the implant is to be inserted. After another assessment indicates adequate bone density exists, an implant dentist can then continue with the implant procedure.
How Successful are Same Day Dental Implant Procedures?
Success rates for dental implants are high—nearly 94 percent for upper jaw implants and 91 percent for lower implants. The difference in success rates is because the upper jaw bone is less dense than the lower jaw bone. Following a same day dental implant, people are advised to rest for the next 24 hours and closely monitor the condition of the implant to make sure no abnormal bleeding occurs. Although implants are invulnerable to cavities and decay, people with dental implants should still engage in good oral hygiene practices to maintain gum and bone health.