Can dental implants be done in one day?

Has someone told you that one day dental implants are a ‘thing’? Not sure if to believe them?

It’s true. Dental implants really can be done in the space of a day, providing patients with fully functioning teeth without having to attend several dental appointments. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Whilst full mouth dental implants can be performed in one day, single dental implants cannot.

Here we explain why this is the case.

Single dental implant procedure

Often, single tooth failure will require bone grafting to increase the volume and density in the underlying bone before the implant can be placed. The healing time for a bone graft alone is 4-6 months, and the implant can only be affixed when it has fully healed.

It’s not recommended for a crown to be fitted straight away either. The implant must undergo osseointegration which can take up to 6 months.

Rushing the procedure could cause the implant to shift (if not fail) as a result of brushing and chewing. That’s why single dental implants take that little bit longer than one day dental implants.

Full mouth dental implant procedure

The convenience of one day dental implants is simply astounding – and something not many people can get their heads around. What typically takes traditional implants months to achieve can be done in just one trip to your dentist (after a short consultation to establish the best solution for you, of course).

For full mouth dental implants, bone loss is still likely to be present but bone grafting isn’t necessary. Unlike single implants where there is only one place in the jawbone for it to go, the surgeon can place them anywhere in the jaw with suitable bone density.

The best thing about one day dental implants is that pressure from chewing and brushing is evenly distributed throughout the entire jaw – rather than an individual crown or implant. And thanks to technological advances, final replacement crowns, bridges or dentures can restore implants instantly, meaning you can walk out of the dentist with a big smile on your face!

Pros and cons of one day dental implants

Pros:

  • Instant results in just one visit to the dentist
  • Natural appearance
  • Restore facial contours
  • Less downtime
  • Cost-effective procedure

Cons:

  • Risk of infection
  • Higher risk of implant failure or loosening
  • Swelling and discomfort more prevalent after the procedure
  • More time spent in the actual dentist chair

Think you could you benefit from one day dental implants?

It’s highly likely. One day dental implants are ideal for patients with missing teeth or experiencing discomfort from an ill-fitting denture. They give you confidence in your smile – which reduces anxiety – and improve your bite, speech and oral health. But there is a certain criteria that you must meet.

For instance, an ideal candidate is someone that is healthy and doesn’t smoke (or is willing to quit before the procedure).

The best way to find out whether one day dental implants are right for you is to get in touch with a dentistry clinic that focuses exclusively on full jaw dental implant solutions, like EvoDental. They specialise in full jaw and full mouth prosthetic treatments – it’s what they do all day, every day. So be sure to contact them and find out more about their EvoSolutions.