Have you seen the ads for teeth-in-a-day implants? This procedure can restore your smile in just one day.
Experienced oral surgeons can extract damaged teeth and place dental implants with temporary crowns during the same office visit. A month later, you return for permanent crowns, and your tooth restoration is complete.
To get teeth-in-a-day implants, you need good jawbone health. But dental implant surgery can also work if you have bone loss.
Why Does Jawbone Health Matter?
Teeth-in-a-day implants need a solid foundation of bone support in the jaw in order to be stable and secure.
Jawbone health is essential for same-day dental implant surgery — without enough bone, the jaw is too weak to support the replacement tooth roots. The titanium implant posts cannot properly fuse to the bone, so their bond isn’t as strong as it needs to be for tooth function.
As a result, implants that are placed without consideration of bone density and health are much more likely to fail.
What if You Have Bone Loss in the Jaw?
If X-rays determine you have significant bone loss in the jaw, does that mean you can’t get dental implant surgery?
No, but it does mean you won’t be able to have a same-day restoration. You’ll need to restore your bone density and strength before having dental implants placed.
Fortunately, for most patients, jawbone health can be restored with a bone graft. Through this simple, in-office procedure, extra bone tissue is transplanted to the empty tooth socket area. The graft forms a sort of scaffold, setting the stage for new bone cells to grow.
After the area has healed and the grafted tissue has fully fused with the jawbone, the dental implant surgery can proceed.
Are You a Candidate for Teeth-in-a-Day Implants?
Are you healthy enough for a routine dental procedure, like a filling or tooth extraction? If so, you should be able to get dental implant surgery. Age is not a factor, and even chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis don’t stop most people from getting dental implants.
As for teeth-in-a-day dental restorations, you must have adequate jawbone health to get same-day replacement teeth.
But bone loss in the jaw just adds one extra step to your dental implant treatment plan. You may not be able to get the tooth restoration in a single day, but the end result will be the same — a strong, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
The professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah are tooth restoration experts, specializing in dental implants and related oral surgery procedures. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule a jawbone health evaluation and find out if teeth-in-a-day implants are right for you.