So you’ve heard that dental implants can be done in one day? But you are a little skeptical. “How good of a job can be done in just one day?” you might ask. That’s a valid question. No matter what procedure it is, you should always find out as much as you can to make sure it’s something you really want to do. In this article, we want to dispel some of the mystery surrounding dental implants by taking a look at what makes one-day dental implants possible.
Traditionally, dental implants are performed in a two-step process. In the first step, the dental implant, which is a titanium post, is inserted into the jaw bone. Before any further action is taken, the process of osseointegration, or the fusing of the dental implant to the jawbone, is allowed to take place. After several months of healing, an abutment is placed on top of the implant. A crown, the part that replaces your tooth, is then attached to the abutment. The disadvantage of the traditional method is the amount of time it takes to complete, but there is another problem. Some dentists perform this procedure freehand, meaning that they estimate the best placement for the insertion of the implant into the jawbone. Many times this means that the implant is inserted into a less-than-optimal spot, which accounts for the long healing time.
Dental implant procedures that are performed in one day do not use this same process. In the Teeth-in-an-Hour procedure, which we use at Uptown, a tooth can be removed, an implant inserted, and a crown placed all in the space of a couple of hours. Take that note that while the procedure can be performed in an hour, there is still a crucial planning phase that requires several visits. The key to this procedure is computer imaging technology; there is no freehand here. CT scans are taken, and a 3D model of the jaw is digitally generated. This method allows the dentist to plan precisely where the implants should be inserted into the jawbone. In others words, getting your implants in one day is a much more accurate process compared to the traditional method.
To answer the original question; yes, dental implants can really be performed in one day. And not only can they be done, but they are done well. Teeth-in-an-Hour has a high rate of success. To schedule your free consultation, give us a call at Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry or fill out an online form.