If you are like most people, going for several months missing one or more teeth is not an option. Unfortunately, the delay that is common between implantation of the titanium rod in the jaw and being able to walk out of the office with an intact smile has kept many patients from getting the dental implants they need. If you find yourself in that predicament, the following information about same day dental implants will be very helpful.
Same Day Dental Implants Are Not An Option For Everyone
It is important to note that while same dental implants can be a life-changing experience for many patients who have recently lost one or more teeth and need a quick replacement, they are not a viable option for some patients. Specifically, if you have been missing for some time, it is possible that the strength and mass of your jaw have already started to diminish due to the lack of weight it has been supporting.
A weakened jawbone is frequently not capable of supporting the weight of the titanium rod and new teeth without assistance. It may be necessary to get new bone grafted to your jaw. When your jaw has recovered from the graft, you can continue planning for dental implants. However, if you have only recently lost natural teeth and your jaw is otherwise healthy, you are much more likely to be able to get the implants you need in about 24 hours.
Same Day Implants Are More Complicated Than They Sound
You may be more familiar with same day dental implants by other names like "immediate load dental implants" or "teeth in a day". Same day dental implants allow a temporary tooth to be placed during the same visit as the titanium rod. In a healthy jaw, as mentioned above, the temporary tooth can be placed into the jaw, and the rod will still need up to six months to heal. Traditional implants may require you to wear temporary dentures while you are healing.
The implant will need that time to merge with the jaw and a long-term custom crown will replace the temporary unit. That temporary crown can be one or more teeth and if you have multiple teeth, your dentist may suggest the use of a temporary bridge during this time. The same day implants prevent patients from needing to interact with other people while obviously missing teeth. However, it is crucial to be sure that the temporary tooth moves as little as possible while the rod is still separate from the jaw bone. Otherwise, the dental implant is at an increased risk of failure.
For more information, contact Ashton Randall P DDS or a similar dental professional.