In the past, getting dental implants was a fairly time-consuming process. You would need to get a single implant, let it heal (which could take months), and then receive your tooth replacement. With the evolution of dental treatments and technology, Teeth-in-a-Day dental implants have become a reality. If you are looking for a better alternative to dentures, same-day dental implants are a fantastic option for you to consider. When you have multiple teeth missing and undergoing individual implant procedures is not logical, same-day dental implants can replace an entire arch of teeth using just 4 to 6 implanted titanium posts. If you are in the Spokane Valley, Washington, Post Falls, Idaho or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area and want to learn more about Teeth in a Day dental implants, visit Drs. Bryan McLelland, Brenen Olsen, and the team at Liberty Oral Surgery.
Teeth-in-a-Day dental implants is the name used to describe the procedure in which patients visit their dentist and are able to receive replacement teeth in a single appointment. Depending on your dentist, you may have heard this same procedure in different names like all-on-4 dental implants, teeth in an hour, or teeth in one visit. Whatever the term used, the procedure remains the same and involves a single-day dental implant treatment to restore an entire arch of teeth.
Same-day teeth implants are typically used to replace an entire arch of teeth (either top or bottom). Using between 4 to 6 implants, a prosthesis is created, which is attached to the implants. The implants themselves are the anchor for the prosthesis, whether that be a dental bridge or implant-supported denture. Same-day implants are a great way to replace teeth that have had to be removed and are long-term, sturdy, and provide the strength required for 100% daily function.
When you decide to replace your missing teeth with same-day implants, you will choose a tooth restoration option that comes with many benefits that other tooth replacement options, including dental bridges or traditional dentures, cannot match. Let us look at some of those benefits now.
When you lose teeth, you likely realize the appearance issues it will cause you and some other issue such as chewing or minor speech difficulties. However, a much more severe underlying health risk presents itself when you are missing teeth.
Your jawbone depends on the stimulation that the roots of your teeth provide. When you lose a tooth, and that root goes away, so does this stimulation. With this stimulation gone, your jawbone will deteriorate and be re-absorbed by your body. What results is not only bone loss but also a drastic change in the appearance of your face. If you have ever noticed how those with traditional dentures often have a sunken appearance, this is why. Because a traditional denture rests on top of the gums, the stimulation once provided by the tooth’s root is never replaced, and the bone is now gone.
When you elect for same-day teeth implants, you do not need to worry about this. The implants that will be put in place are replacing the function of the tooth root that was there previously. Once the implant is surgically inserted, a process called osseointegration occurs. During this process, the bone fuses to the implant, resulting in a solid and durable anchor for your replacement teeth and a solution to keep your jawbone in excellent health!
Whereas some elect to get implants one at a time, with same-day dental implants, you will leave your doctor with a set of fully functional teeth. This creates a situation where healing and recovery are quicker, and you do not have to wait for multiple appointments to have that set of teeth you are in dire need of. Your same-day dental implants, once fully healed, will look, feel, and function much like a mouth full of natural teeth. Even better, they will help preserve your jawbone, and your facial structure will be maintained without any sagging or premature aging.
Have you ever known somebody with traditional dentures who had to give up some finer foods such as a nice juicy steak? Because traditional dentures are held in place by dental adhesive, foods that require more extensive chewing often become a thing of the past for those who wear them. This extensive chewing can cause the dentures to come loose, slip, slide, or even fall out of the mouth. With dental restorations held in place by all-on-4 dental implants, you never need to worry about this. You can enjoy all the foods you did when you had your natural teeth because these implants are solid and stable.
To learn more about Teeth-in-a-Day dental implants, please call Dr. McLelland and Dr. Olsen at (509) 822-2774.