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Dental Implants vs. Teeth-in-a-Day: Which Is Right for You?

Dental implants are almost always the best option for replacing missing teeth. They look and feel completely natural, and with proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implant surgery can be completed in two ways. The standard procedure, involving a series of steps over the course of about six to eight months, is appropriate for many patients. But if you have good jawbone health, you may be a candidate for teeth-in-a-day implant surgery.

Either procedure can restore your beautiful smile. Your oral surgeon can help you determine whether standard or teeth-in-a-day dental implants — or both — may be right for you.

Standard Dental Implants

Oral surgeons often recommend standard dental implant surgery over the teeth-in-a-day procedure for many patients. In most cases, this is due to bone loss.

When you lose a tooth, your jawbone no longer has stimulation from opposing bite forces. As a result, the bone tissue begins to break down. Over time, jawbone health can seriously deteriorate.

Dental implants need a strong foundation of bone in the jaw. Without adequate bone tissue, the jaw can’t support replacement teeth. Bone grafting is a simple in-office procedure that works to restore the health and density of the jawbone. When a bone graft is necessary, the added healing time means standard implant surgery is the only choice.

Teeth-in-a-Day Dental Implants

Patients who get dental implant surgery immediately after losing or extracting a tooth often have little to no bone loss in the jaw. For anyone with a strong, healthy jawbone, teeth-in-a-day is an option.

Same-day tooth implants offer the same benefits as replacement teeth placed through the standard procedure, but the process is much faster. Patients can walk out of the oral surgeon’s office with a beautiful new smile. A month later, the temporary crowns are replaced with permanent crowns. And with that, the tooth restoration is complete.

Deciding on Dental Implants

So are standard dental implants or teeth-in-a-day right for you? That’s a decision you’ll need to make with your oral surgeon.

If you have good jawbone health, same-day tooth implants may be preferable to the standard implant procedure. Ultimately, the process is quicker, and replacing missing teeth involves just a single surgery.

However, if you have significant bone loss, teeth-in-a-day simply isn’t an option. Jawbone health is a must for same-day tooth implants, and if you need a bone graft, you’ll have to go with the standard procedure. Keep in mind, though, that the result from both procedures is the same — a fully restored, beautiful smile that lasts forever.

When you’re ready for dental implant surgery, make an appointment with the oral surgeon team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. With over 10 years of experience placing standard and teeth-in-a-day dental implants, Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield are the go-to experts for tooth restoration in the greater Salt Lake City area.

With our three locations — in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele — visiting Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah couldn’t be more convenient. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about standard dental implants and the teeth-in-a-day procedure.

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