We get a lot of questions about Same Day Teeth® from people who are curious if they qualify as a candidate for the procedure. When compared to traditional implants, it is easy to see why the procedure is so appealing. While with traditional implants, the implant and replacement tooth are placed in the patient’s mouth at different appointments, with Same Day Teeth®, the implants and teeth are placed in the very same visit, allowing the patient to go home with a brand new smile.
Today, we’ll look at the factors that go into assessing whether or not someone is a good candidate for dental implants and how Same Day Teeth® compares to traditional dental implants in terms of planning and the procedure to place the implants and new teeth.
First off, what makes someone a candidate for dental implants in general? If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Secured directly into your jaw, these restorations provide a long-lasting solution to missing teeth and the accompanying oral health problems.
The best candidates for dental implants are missing one or more of their natural teeth, but are generally healthy enough to undergo routine dental extraction or oral surgery. Patients should have healthy gums, be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene, and have sufficient jaw bone tissue to support the titanium implant posts. The issue of bone density can be a concern for some patients, but procedures such as bone grafting and sinus lifts are available to help regenerate the tissue.
While the ideal candidates for dental implants are typically missing teeth already, long-term tooth loss can counter-intuitively lower your chance for a successful implant. When people’s teeth have been missing for a long time, their bodies take note and start redirecting minerals and nutrients to places where they can be used more efficiently. As a consequence, the jawbone starts to lose density and becomes substantially weaker. Because implant posts integrate with the bone, weak jawbone tissue can compromise the success of a dental implant.
The most common procedure available to counter a weakened jawbone is bone grafting. Also known as bone augmentation, the procedure builds up bone density and mass with tissue harvested from elsewhere in your body, from an outside source, or from synthetic material. Once collected, the tissue is surgically secured in your jaw with small screws. The new tissue is also supplemented with your own bone marrow and other growth-promoting substances to catalyze the development of new bone tissue.
After the graft and supplements are set in place, the surgical site is closed up with membrane and sutures and patients are prescribed with antibiotics and pain medication. The bone graft will typically heal and begin to spur bone growth within the next six to nine months. Once you have sufficiently recovered, your dentist will determine whether the bone tissue boosted by the graft is dense enough to support implants.
The other procedure most commonly used to improve bone density is a special type of bone graft known as a sinus lift. This graft builds up bone tissue in the area directly above the molars on your upper jaw, just behind your cheekbones. Because this space overlaps with the tissues at the base of the maxillary sinus, the sinus needs to be lifted in order to make room for a bone graft. Once the membrane has been moved up high enough from the jaw, the bone graft tissue will be packed into its old space and the surgical site sewn up. A successful sinus lift will stimulate bone growth within six to nine months, as well.
While most people who are missing some or all of their natural teeth are good candidates for implants, certain factors can influence the success of the surgery, such as:
- Heavy smoking
- Untreated periodontal disease
- Uncontrolled chronic disorders (diabetes, heart disease)
- Radiation to head/neck area
Each of the above can interfere with a patient’s ability to heal, which may severely decrease the chances of success. However, cases are usually evaluated on an individual basis. Be sure to discuss your history with your surgeon to ensure the best possible outcome for your implant placement.
As you can see, there are many factors that go into deciding one’s candidacy for dental implants. There are some differences in the procedure of Same Day Teeth® versus that of traditional implants that might be a deciding factor for some prospective dental implant patients. There are also similarities that ensure the utmost success for both traditional implants and Same Day Teeth®.
First of all, the Same Day Teeth® protocol uses some of the most advanced state-of-the-art technology in the industry to help us plan your surgery with the greatest accuracy and precision available. All of our procedures begin with a full imaging workup, using a 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan. This allows us to evaluate your underlying bone structure and plan for the optimal placement of your dental implants. With these images, we use a surgical planning software that develops a treatment strategy and acts as a guide throughout your entire procedure.
Our computer-guided dental implant surgery uses the nSequence® proprietary protocol to find the optimal placement locations for your dental implants. Next, we can place a bar-supported, immediate-load, full-arch restoration during the same visit as your surgery. Our custom-designed prosthetics are milled from a solid block of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) using impressions and computer images of your bite. This material is non-toxic and highly biocompatible. PMMA is very strong and durable, and our laboratory technicians can color-match your full-arch restoration to your natural teeth for a seamless integration into your smile. This method provides an immediate enhancement to the function and aesthetics of your bite.
The planning process for traditional dental implants is also completely tailored to the patient’s needs and to ensuring we provide the best possible treatment and achieve the best possible results. Firstly, prospective patients will have a meeting with a Coastal Jaw Surgery surgeon. During this meeting, your surgeon will ask about your treatment goals and review your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. He or she will design your treatment plan, if it is determined that you are a good fit for the procedure.
Evaluating your bite and the structure of your mouth is one of the most important steps in this process. Rather than relying solely on a visual and physical examination, your surgeon uses 3-D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to create a comprehensive image of your head and neck, including the teeth, soft tissue, and nerve pathways.
This allows your surgeon to find the most optimal position for your dental implants and determine if any preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting, are needed. Through comprehensive planning, your procedure can be more precise and recovery is far easier.
The procedures for placing dental implants are nearly identical for both traditional implants and Same-Day Teeth®. First, your surgeon will administer an anesthetic to minimize pain and discomfort. Next, he or she will make an incision in the gums over the treatment site so that he or she can access the jaw bone and embed the titanium post.
The next step will depend on the type of implant that was chosen. For traditional implants, the abutment and a temporary restoration are placed. You must then wait three to six months for the bone to fully integrate the implant. Once integrated, your second appointment involves removing the temporary restoration and replacing it with the permanent restoration.
For Same-Day Teeth®, your surgeon can immediately restore your dental implants. Although you will need to wait for the implant to heal, you will be able to enjoy its benefits far sooner than with traditional implant surgery. With traditional implants, you will come back to the office at a later date to have your new teeth inserted into the implant.
As you can see, there is a lot to take in regarding Same Day Teeth and dental implants and deciding which is best for you. Your surgeon will be able to best assess your unique issues when you sit down with him or her for a consultation. At Coastal Jaw Surgery, we strive to provide excellent surgical care with the most modern technology. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation.
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