The question of whether implants can be done in one day has been asked many times. Traditional implants can take several months to fully complete and require multiple trips to be completed. This includes the initial extraction of the tooth and a subsequent wait of two to four months for the socket to fully heal. Then there is the implant insertion process and another subsequent three to six months before full osseointegration (the bone fusing on the implant). Finally, the crown can then be placed onto the implant. The whole process can take around half a year to a full year to complete.
Luckily, one-day implants are possible to be fitted in just a day, and they can allow you to avoid the long and arduous traditional implant process. This will allow you to skip the lengthy osseointegration and wound healing process, as well as the several months of waiting in between. Although you will still require an early consultation to assess suitability and a final check-up after surgery, the implant procedure itself will only require a single visit.
Advantages of one-day dental implants
One-day dental implants are rapidly growing in terms of popularity, and the success rate for the procedure is very high. In fact, it was stated by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information that the difference in success rates between one-day dental implants against traditional dental implants is extremely minimal. Additionally, one-day dental implants offer immediate restoration, and allow the individual to leave the dental practice with a brand-new temporary tooth. The immediacy will also give the individual more peace of mind regarding the implant’s final appearance, rather than waiting several months thinking about the potential appearance.
There are also several clinical benefits of one day dental implants – the main one being the better bone healing. Sometimes when implants are placed immediately, the bone is preserved which means that you may not need a costly bone procedure after healing has taken place. Additionally, the soft tissues and gums heal quicker and are less likely to recede using this form of implants. The healing process is aided by the implants keeping potential contaminants away from the tooth extraction socket area. Moreover, the less surgical steps involved in this procedure will allow for a quicker procedure itself.
Disadvantages of one-day dental implants
Although there are several advantages of one day dental implants, the disadvantages must also be considered when deciding on the procedure. Among the disadvantages is a slightly higher chance of failure compared with traditional dental implants. Additionally, the one-day dental implant procedure itself can require more time in the dental chair for the patient, which may be difficult for some patients to tolerate, depending upon how many implants they are having.
Candidates for one-day dental implants
Generally, most candidates are suitable for same day implants although it does depend on how many implants you are having and how much bone you have. Although some individuals who would like to have one-day dental implants may not be able to receive them. This is because there is further criteria for those who can receive them and those with certain characteristics may be deemed as unfit candidates for one-day dental implants.
Individuals who may be likely to be unable to receive one-day dental implant treatment are:
- Sufferers of periodontal disease (unless all the teeth are being replaced).
- Those with poor oral hygiene.
- Heavy smokers.
- Individuals with autoimmune disease.
- Patients with chronic disease.
- People with bruxism (tooth grinding).
- Those who possess a thin or soft jawbone.
Our team of specialist surgeons have placed over 12,000 implants between them, so you are in expert hands here at The Denture & Implant Clinic. Check out our free implant guide for more information or give us a call to chat through 020 8629 1226.