When you receive a dental implant, you want to enjoy the restored function of your smile right away. Often, patients are left with a short-term, removable restoration or even gaps in their smile. At 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, we partner with a trusted oral surgeon to perform same-day dental implants. Dr. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch have trained extensively in this area and can create a secure restoration to attach immediately after surgery. In some cases, we can facilitate removing your tooth, placing a dental implant, and restoring it all on the same day.
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Benefits of Same-Day Implants
With traditional implant techniques, patients have to wait for three to six months after implant placement before they can receive a restoration. During this time, you would have to wear a removable appliance or go without a tooth while the implant integrates with the jawbone.
Same-day dental implants cut down on the waiting time and offer a range of benefits, such as:
- Convenience: In many cases, we can coordinate your treatment with the oral surgeon right next door to our office and attach your restoration while you are still resting under the effects of sedation.
- Comfort: Often, short-term, removable restorations are uncomfortable. Our temporary restorations are customized to your smile to ensure your comfort while you heal.
- Immediate cosmetic and functional improvement: With a same-day dental implant restoration, you can enjoy a beautiful and functional smile right away.
Since we can often facilitate immediate implant placement after an extraction, our same-day implants offer additional benefits. Missing teeth eventually cause bone loss, so this method allows our doctors to take advantage of a strong, healthy foundation and even prevent tissue loss in your jaw. Completing extraction, implant placement, and restoration all on the same day can also save you time and money by reducing the number of visits and avoiding the need for a bone graft.
Are Same-Day Implants Right for Me?
The best way to find out if you can benefit from same-day implants is to schedule a consultation with our team. Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will perform an evaluation of your oral health. We will also take scans or x-rays of your jaw to assess the strength of the bone. To qualify for implants, you need to be in good oral and overall health with sufficient tissue in your jaw to support the posts.
Same-day dental implants offer an opportunity to quickly restore the function and appearance of your smile.
Often, we recommend same-day dental implants for patients who have suffered a traumatic injury that requires a tooth replacement, since immediate implants can provide a quick solution. They may also be a good choice for patients whose teeth are seriously decayed and require extraction.
Receiving Your Same-Day Restoration
If we determine you are a good candidate for same-day implants, we will refer you to one of our surgical partners. Your oral surgeon will extract teeth that need to be removed and then place the dental implant into your jawbone.
In most cases, the surgeon will leave cover screws on the implants to allow Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch to immediately take impressions. Our team can then custom craft your restoration while you rest comfortably after the procedure.
Often, we can complete the entire restoration process in less than an hour, depending on how many teeth you are replacing. When you have fully healed, we can replace your same-day device with your final permanent restoration.