Can Dental Implants Be Done In One Day

Can Dental Implants Be Done In One Day?

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Dental implants are often referred to as the gold standard in artificial tooth replacement. Those patients who have already taken advantage of this treatment find that they not only restore the functionality of their teeth but are also aesthetically pleasing, too. Meaning, they look great!  

The biggest deterrent preventing some people from moving forward with dental implants is that the process can take months — especially when they might have heard or seen advertisements offering dental implants that can be completed in one day. 

Is that really possible? Can dental implants be done in just one day?

Understanding Dental Implants

Getting dental implants starts with a consultation and planning session with your dentist. This is when you will find out if you are a candidate for dental implant treatment and you will gain an understanding of the process which includes steps such as digital x-rays and impressions.

The first step in the process is placing the dental implant. A small piece of titanium or ceramic will act as the artificial root to hold the restoration (dental implant tooth) in place. It is implanted into the jaw bone and left to heal so that they fuse together, a process known as osseointegration. Once healed, an abutment is placed along with your dental implant crown that is custom-fit for you. 

Keep in mind that if you need an extraction to remove a tooth or require bone grafting to increase your bone density, additional appointments and procedures will likely be required.  This will be done before the implant is placed and will also require time for healing. 

How Long Does it Take to Get Dental Implants? 

On average, it can take about five to nine months to get dental implants and complete the treatment process. This may be extended if additional procedures are needed and it varies greatly based on the speed at which your body heals. 

Your dentist will evaluate and let you know when it is safe to move through each phase. Remember to be patient and don’t expect overnight results. 

Can Dental Implants Be Done In One Day?

There are instances, which are exceptions, in which dental implants can be completed in one day. This is different from the traditional way of handling dental implants but may be possible in certain situations, as determined by the dentist. 

As an “exception” example, a full arch of artificial tooth replacements can be held in place with just a few implants. While it may require additional appointments to prep for it, the procedure itself can be done in just one day using a local anesthetic. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does insurance cover dental implants? 

Dental implants used to be considered cosmetic and were not often covered by dental insurance. Today, however, it is common for many insurance policies to cover a percentage of the procedure. Check your specific dental insurance coverage for details. 

Does it hurt to get dental implants? 

No, dental implants are placed using local anesthetic. Once the anesthetic wears off, you may experience some discomfort. This is temporary and may be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication. 

Learn More About Dental Implants

Dental implants can greatly improve your quality of life if you have one or more missing teeth. The first step in learning more about dental implants is an evaluation with a dental implant specialist.  Dr. Donald Miller of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry in Fairfield, CT can evaluate the current condition of your jaw bone to determine if it is ready to support an implant. From there, we can either make an appointment for dental implant placement or discuss the alternative options for tooth replacement. 

If you would like to learn more about this treatment, including whether or not you are a candidate, the team at Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry can help. Contact us today at 203-255-6878. Or, book an appointment online. 

Dr. Miller specializes in implant, general, family, and cosmetic dentistry and is an active member of the Fairfield, CT community. He has practiced dentistry in Fairfield for over 25 years. Get to know Dr. Miller better by visiting our website.  You can also read Google Reviews submitted by patients for a personal recommendation.

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