Same Day Dental Implants
Same day dental implants are placed at the same time that the tooth is removed. This is the most comfortable and convenient time to replace the tooth because it requires only one appointment and only one healing phase.
There is generally less pain associated with immediate placement than with delayed or staged treatment. When a dental implant is placed into the socket of an extracted tooth, it requires much less site preparation and less trauma to the bone. The implant also fills the socket, so there is no open socket left behind for food particles and there is no chance of dry socket. Most patients have a more comfortable recovery after an extraction with an implant than with just the extraction.
The overall treatment time is greatly reduced by half because the implant is healing to the bone at the same time the socket is healing.
Same day dental implants allow us to place a larger implant that is more appropriate for the size of the tooth, especially for molars. Because the bone has not resorbed while waiting for the socket to heal up, there is more bone to place the implant into. This creates a stronger and more stable implant.
Immediate placement has a faster healing time and is generally less expensive than getting an implant at a later date. We have the maximum amount of bone available for the implant so we are less likely to need additional bone grafting. This is especially true with the molars of the upper jaw where the sinus is often in the way
When can a tooth be attached to an immediate implant?
In the aesthetic zone (the areas visible when you smile) we put a temporary tooth onto the implant at the time of placement. During the healing phase, this temporary tooth should not be used for chewing.
In the case of molars, and teeth outside of the aesthetic zone, we do not recommend the use of a temporary tooth because it would be too difficult to avoid using those teeth.
Same day dental implants are more successful
Years of experience with these techniques and several published studies demonstrate that the overall success rate of immediately placed implants is at least as good as and often better than those that wait to heal. This technique also results in a more natural looking tooth and surrounding gums.