Beautiful Dental Implants in a Single Visit
Dentures have long been the traditional teeth replacement option for individuals who’ve lost most or all of their natural teeth. While complete and partial dentures remain an affordable, efficient choice for many, dental implant treatment has steadily been growing in demand as an exceptional alternative. Treatment for dental implants can even be performed in a single visit for approved candidates.
Here’s an introduction to dental implants and how you can see the results from your treatment on the same day.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a superior teeth replacement option for treating one or more missing teeth. They’re not only beautiful, but they’re also a permanent dental restoration that requires minimal maintenance.
While other prosthetic teeth replacements only mimic the appearance of natural teeth, dental implants mimic both the look and feel of real teeth. This feat is achieved through an oral surgery process that places a special titanium post within the jawbone, forming a stable anchor very similar to a tooth’s root. Atop this post a dental crown is placed to finish the look. In the case of multiple missing teeth or entire arch, a customized denture-like prosthetic will attach to these posts instead.
Dental implants are an incredibly beneficial investment for your oral health and your self-confidence. Despite the higher upfront costs, many patients find that their new smiles end up costing less in follow-up care compared to traditional dentures that need to be replaced every five to seven years.
How does same day dental implants treatment work?
Many people are under the assumption that the lengthy healing period required for dental implants means they won’t be able to have their new teeth for a while.
In the case of an individual implant, say to replace a single missing molar, this is usually true. You’ll have the post placed, heal over a period of a few months, and then return for the prosthetic tooth. However, for someone undergoing an extensive restoration, it’s very possible to have same day treatment with your new teeth placed during the same appointment.
For ideal candidates in good health, Dr. Tomasik can remove your damaged or decayed teeth and replace them with a dental implant solution (i.e. implant-supported dentures) in a single day. The final result is a beautiful, full smile that you can enjoy the moment you walk out of the office.
What should I expect after a same day implants procedure?
Recovering from a same day dental implants procedure is going to be very similar to recovering from standard treatment. The main difference is to remember that even though you have stunning new teeth, your new teeth aren’t going to be ready for chowing down on a steak dinner yet. You’ll still go through a thorough aftercare program, including a thorough oral hygiene routine and sticking with a soft food only diet until your dentist gives you the all-clear to return to your normal diet.
You can also expect to feel some discomfort and swelling for a short period of time immediately following the procedure. Your mouth might feel a little funny as it gets used to your new teeth, especially if you haven’t had a full smile in a while. Stay positive, follow your dentist’s guidelines, and before you know it you’ll be able to enjoy your new smile.
Who is a candidate for same day dental implants surgery?
Dental implants aren’t the right choice for everyone. The invasive oral surgery process and lengthy healing period mean it usually isn’t advised for people struggling with an uncontrolled medical condition or who have a medical condition that either complicates healing or increases risks of infection.
Same day dental implants surgery is a bit more taxing on the body as multiple implants are being placed within a single visit. Other factors, such as jawbone density, also play a role in candidacy for same day treatment. That being said, the average healthy adult with decent jawbone density is typically a candidate.
The only way to know for certain if same day dental implants are right for you is through a consultation with an experienced dentist. Remember, even if you think you might not be a candidate now, that doesn’t mean you can’t become one in the future. A dentist like Dr. Tomasik can help guide you through achieving future candidacy or finding an alternative solution.
Schedule your dental implant consultation at Tomasik Family Dental.
Dental implant surgery is 100% worth the investment, but to have the best experience you need to choose the right dental practice to entrust with your smile. Dr. Tomasik and his team are highly skilled in dental implant surgery, including the latest in technology and techniques that allow for effective treatment with an ultra-high success rate. This includes the possibility for same day treatment for a wider range of patients.
If you’re curious about dental implants, interested in a same day smile makeover, or have other questions about replacing missing teeth, our team is eagerly awaiting your call. To schedule a consultation or request a second opinion, you can call our Bee Cave, TX office or book a visit online.