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The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

You only have one set of adult teeth, and they need to last until you are 80, 90, or beyond. The actions you take towards your teeth today will either benefit you or harm you in the future. Of course, good dental care starts with seeing a dentist regularly. You should go in for cleanings and checkups, and any other time you think something might be amiss with your teeth. Education is important when it comes to any aspect of your health, so start reading the articles on this website to educate yourself about dentists and dental care. We promise that when you're 80 and you still have your teeth, you won't regret the time spent.


The Tooth of the Matter: A Dental Blog

Are Same-Day Dental Implants An Option?

Sofia Curtis

Smile restoration is very important when you've lost one or more of your natural teeth. More importantly, restoring your smile as soon as possible is vital. Same-day dental implants are a solution, but not necessarily in every situation. Discover if a same-day procedure is a route for your needs. 

Lifestyle Factors

Any person who is interested in a same-day dental implant procedure should take an assessment of their lifestyle. This option involves completing the entire implant procedure in a single visit, but one element of the implant process that cannot be completed right away is osseointegration, which is the fusing of the implant into the jawbone. This process can take several months to complete. 

During this period, it's critical that you not engage in any activity that could cause the implant to shift, as any movement will prevent it from setting correctly, which would ultimately cause it to fail. If you are someone who has a physically laborious job or engages in rigorous activity frequently, a traditional dental implant procedure might be the better alternative for your lifestyle. 

Medical Conditions

If same-day dental implants are not cared for correctly, an infection could form around the incision area. An infection doesn't just increase the risk of implant failure, but it also puts your health at risk. Certain medical conditions make you more susceptible to infection, including diabetes and autoimmune disease. A diagnosis of these conditions does not necessarily disqualify you from the treatment, but you must ensure the conditions are controlled for success. 

Smoking and not engaging in good oral hygiene practices also elevates the infection risk. It's advised that you stop smoking and improve your oral hygiene should you choose this option. 

Oral Health Practices

The most important component of successful same-day implants is the fusing of the bone. If you engage in any unsafe oral health practices, you should reassess your decision on a same-day procedure. Teeth grinding is one red flag. Teeth grinding will undoubtedly prevent the implant from fusing correctly; this unsafe habit can also damage the tooth even after the implant has fused. 

Regardless of whether you choose a same-day procedure or not, you should speak with your oral health provider to discuss a treatment plan for your teeth grinding. 

A dental health professional is best qualified to let you know if you are a candidate for same-day dental implants. Make an appointment to discuss your options.