Same Day Dentistry: Is it possible?
Most of us don’t look forward to visiting the dentist. I’m even willing to bet that none of us do, but lucky for us we don’t have to drag out several visits for dental procedures like dental implants. It’s true – you can get this done in just one clinical appointment.
McRae Dental in Athens, GA offers a dental implant technique that can immediately replace failing or missing teeth in as little as one day. Our implant specialists have been performing these well-documented and successful procedures for nearly a decade. We are proud that we can help our patients regain their self-confidence and quality of life, in practically no time at all.
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We are also very aware that it’s difficult to take a lot of time off from work so whether you need to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth, our office will get your smile back quickly and efficiently.
There’s no need to wait for implant-supported restorations to heal, which at one time took months, which then meant waiting that long to chew, smile and speak clearly. Our procedures allow you to leave the dental chair after just one treatment visit with teeth that look natural and stay healthy. After the implants fully heal, they will be as strong as or stronger than your natural teeth.
With the use of 3-Dimensional CT scans and virtual planning software, the dental implant procedure is planned and completed after the initial consultation and before the scheduled implant placement. The restoration (replacement teeth) is fabricated to meet the parameters of your mouth and the specifications of your needs. Everything is ready before you arrive and all you have to do is sit in the chair and relax as much as possible. After the implant is placed in your mouth, you leave with beautiful teeth.
The benefits of implant-supported replacement teeth have been proven and thorough documentation has shown that results are virtually the same as more conventional procedures. Added benefits include not having to sacrifice healthy natural teeth, maintaining the integrity of the jawbone structure, never having to remove or clean false teeth or bridges, and regaining your self-confidence. And, unlike conventional tooth-replacement systems like denture or bridges, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime.
When the implants are placed in the jawbone, they must remain completely immobile to allow the process of osseointegration to occur. Any force that causes even minute movement of the implants in the early healing phase can ruin the integration process, resulting in implant failure. That’s why a soft diet (no hard, crunchy or tough foods) during the first 6-8 weeks is essential.
The implants themselves must be strategically placed to offer the most effective support. By rigidly connecting the new teeth to the implants, they stabilize each other. This process is the most efficient and cost-effective way to replace all the teeth. Individual implants to replace each tooth are impractical and not recommended because, given that there are usually 28 functional teeth, replacing teeth individually can be more expensive and may not offer any better results.
Here is what your same day procedure should look like:
The dentist takes records of your existing condition, whether you still have teeth or are wearing a denture, to determine various factors. These include how long the teeth should be, where the bite should be and how much lip and facial structure support is needed.
CT scans produce 3-D pictures of the jawbone, including the position of the teeth to be replaced. These scans provide critical information about a person’s anatomical structures (including bone, sinuses and nerves) and the ideal location for the implants.
Using computer simulation, the implants are digitally positioned in the jawbones in appropriate locations to optimally support the replacement teeth.
Surgery can be done simultaneously including tooth extractions, bone shaping, and implant placement.
Temporary acrylic replacement teeth are attached directly to the implants via abutments — connectors that allow solid attachment to the implants. These teeth are considered temporary and are needed to facilitate initial healing; they will later be removed and replaced with permanent ones.
The temporary teeth stay in the mouth about 3 months until healing is completed. During the first 6-8 weeks of healing, it’s a good idea to avoid chewy or tough foods. Because implant surgery is very precise and well-planned, people generally have little post-operative discomfort and begin functioning with their new temporary teeth almost immediately.
When the process of osseointegration is completed, the dentist removes the temporary teeth replacing them with the permanent ones. They are generally made of stronger, more durable materials and fit the healed gum tissues better. The new permanent teeth will function just like natural teeth.