If you have a missing tooth or missing teeth in Austin, TX, you probably have looked into treatments – including permanent dental implants. During your searches, you may have read that it takes several months for a dental implant site to heal, and this is true! However, if you need a full arch or bridge of teeth replaced, you may be eligible for same-day dental implants. In other words, you would not have to wait before a restoration was attached to your dental implants. You would have a same-day smile!
Understanding the Process and Science Behind Same-Day Smiles
What will happen during your first discussion and diagnosis? A periodontist will use high-tech equipment to perform CT scans and 3D images. These diagnostics indicate whether you can receive dental implants or whether you need other treatments first, such as bone grafting surgery to strengthen waning bone density.
If you and your periodontist decide to move forward with placement of dental implants, you will set up a time for surgery. On the day of surgery, you will receive your dental implants. At the same time, your periodontist will add a temporary restoration to the implants. The temporary restoration will mimic the look and function of typical teeth. This means you get to walk out of your surgery with a complete smile.
You will be given directions to promote healing over the coming months. Once your dental implants have fully fused with the surrounding bone, you will return to the office and a permanent, customized restoration will be attached to the implants. From that point, your restoration should stay in place for a long time, usually more than 20 years as long as you keep visiting your dental providers as directed.
Our treatment roadmap to receive same-day dental implants, which is a process we call DIAsmile™, begins with a free examination and evaluation. You will want to schedule your initial consultation with a periodontist like Dr. Dan Holtzclaw who has years of expertise. Case in point: Dr. Holtzclaw has placed more than 30,000 implants, given 150 podium lectures and is a Diplomat of both the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and American Board of Periodontology.
Are Same-Day Dental Implants Safe?
Are you wondering about the safety or efficacy of Teeth-In-A-Day or All-on-4™ style dental treatment? As of 2018, our office had an impressive single implant success rate of 99%, which is higher than national averages. For same-day teeth procedures, the success rate was even higher, at 99.24%. Plus, our patients appreciate being able to completely restore the look and feel of their smiles after only one surgical visit.
To find out more about the exciting same-day dental implant procedure, set up a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Holtzclaw, at our beautifully appointed, patient-centered office, the Austin Dental Implant Center, in Austin, TX. Call (512) 456-3161 today.