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Can Dental Implants Be Done In One Day?

April 29, 2024
Can Dental Implants Be Done In One Day

Dental implants are a replacement option for teeth that are severely decayed or damaged beyond repair. Implants can replace anywhere from a single tooth to all of the teeth in your mouth. They provide a natural look and function, all while preventing bone loss in the jaw. 

If you’re considering dental implants, you may be wondering how long it takes to get them. Can dental implants be done in one day? In some cases they can. Here’s what you need to know about same day dental implants. 

What Are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. These titanium, screw-shaped posts are surgically implanted in the jaw where they fuse with the bone. The bond created between a dental implant and the jaw bone is extremely strong. It can last for 30 years or even the rest of your life. Dental implants can support a wide variety of dental prosthetics according to your needs. 

Types of Dental Implant Restorations

There are a few different types of dental implant restorations. They can be customized to meet your specific needs. 

  • Single tooth. A single dental implant can replace one tooth. It consists of an implant, abutment (attaching post) and a dental crown (artificial tooth). 
  • Implant supported bridges. An implant supported bridge consists of two dental implants, abutments, and a bridge consisting of the total number of teeth that need to be replaced. Each end of the bridge is a crown that attaches to the dental implant. 
  • Implant supported dentures. Implant supported dentures can replace all of your teeth in a single arch with just 4-6 dental implants placed in your jaw. The number of implants needed for support will depend on the type of denture you are getting. Some are fixed and others are removable. 

What Type of Dental Implants Can Be Done in One Day? 

Some types of implant supported dentures can be placed in a single appointment. In this case the implants are fixed in place and not removable. The number of dental implants required for a same day restoration depends on each individual case, but in many cases fixed dentures can be supported with just 4. 

Am I a Candidate for Same Day Dental Implants? 

There are a few different factors that are considered when it comes to eligibility for same day dental implants.

  • Jaw bone density. If you’ve been missing one or more teeth for a matter of months or years, the bone that once supported those teeth will most likely have resorbed (dissolved) somewhat. You need to have sufficient bone density to support a dental implant. If not, bone grafting may need to be done before you can get dental implants. 
  • Good oral health. To be a candidate for same day dental implants your oral health must be good. Existing gum disease must be treated before dental implants can be placed. 
  • Non-smoker. Smoking is one of the biggest deterrents to dental implant success. If you smoke, you will need to quit completely before you are eligible for dental implants. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Same Day Dental Implants

How long does it take to get same day dental implants? 

The procedure can take a few hours. If you are having teeth extracted and getting dental implants placed at once, the process may take longer. You may have breaks between different steps in the process. 

Can single dental implants be placed in one day? 

Some patients are eligible to get a single dental implant in just one appointment. The criteria is basically the same. You must have sufficient bone structure in your jaw and good oral health. 

Where Can I Get Same Day Dental Implants?

If you’re interested in a same day dental implant restoration, Skoulas DDS provides this option for patients who qualify. 

Call 415-757-0110 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.

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