A dental crown can be the perfect way to restore a smile to its former glory. In the event of a tooth with extensive damage, discoloration, or some other factor that makes it painful or unsightly, a dental crown is a great restorative solution.A dental crown can not only correct cosmetic imperfections but can also…
Step-by-Step Guide to Same-Day Implants
Same day implants are a convenient way to replace missing teeth. They are much more convenient than the months-long process that many people go through to get dental implants. Instead, you can walk out of the dentist’s office after a single session in the dentist’s chair.
About dental implants
A dental implant is essentially an artificial version of the root of a natural tooth. The implant is a small screw or post that is made with a biocompatible material. Like a tooth root, a dental implant embeds in the jaw, where it provides support to the artificial tooth that sits above the gum line.
An implant can support a dental crown, partial dentures or full dentures.
Traditional dental implant installation is done over the course of many weeks or even months. The good news is that some patients are good candidates for same day implants.
When will a dentist recommend same day implants?
Not everyone should get same day implants. For this reason, a dentist will screen their patients to see if they qualify for the procedure. The dentist will check whether the patient:
- Has good physical and oral health
- Has sufficient bone mass to support a dental implant
- Has good oral habits and the ability to follow after-care directions
- Does not grind their teeth
If a person checks all the boxes, the dentist will clear them for same day implants and schedule an appointment for the procedure.
Same day implants, step by step
Here is what to expect during the procedure for same day implants:
The dentist administers a local anesthetic. Depending on the patient’s needs, the dentist may choose to put the patient to sleep with a general anesthetic. Next, the dentist will clean and disinfect the site of the surgery, then they will make a small incision to open the gums and expose a small area of the jawbone.The dentist will drill into the bone to create a small hole where the dental implant will rest.
They will proceed to place the implant in the hole. Once the implant is in place, the dentist will attach the abutment. The abutment is a connector that links the dental crown or dentures to the implant.
Then, the dentist will close the gums around the abutment so the abutment remains above the gum line, and they will rinse the gums and proceed to attach a crown or a set of dentures to the abutment. This completes the procedure.
Before the patient leaves the dental practice, the dentist will advise them on post-surgical care. They will prescribe and/or dispense pain medication and, sometimes, antibiotics. The patient will need to make follow-up visits so that the dentist can keep tabs on the implants.
The bottom line
Missing teeth is an uncomfortable experience, in more ways than one. Contact our office if you want to replace missing teeth in a short amount of time. Our skilled and qualified dentist will evaluate you and determine whether same day implants are right for you.
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