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What are one day dental implants?

When dental implant treatments first became available to patients, the procedures were invasive, required significant downtime and often took months to complete. Advancements in dental technology have brought about faster, less invasive treatments that now allow patients to see results faster—sometimes even in a single day. Learn about the different types of dental implants and see if you are a candidate for one day dental implants.

Traditional dental implants have been widely available to patients for years, however not all patients were considered candidates for treatment. This treatment is considered to be invasive, requires patient downtime, and can take as may as nine months or more to complete. While this treatment is not ideal for everyone, sometimes it is the best option when it comes to long-term implant success.

Another option available to patients is mini dental implants. Mini dental implants, or MDIs, are a less-invasive form of dental implantation that can help patients to achieve a naturally beautiful smile faster—sometimes in a single day. Qualified MDI patients will arrive for surgery, undergo dental implantation, have their replacement teeth fitted, and a temporary prosthetic placed all during the same appointment. With one day dental implants, it is now possible to walk away with a temporary crown firmly in place on the same day the dental implant has been implanted into your jaw.

The implantation procedure will begin with the administration of a local anesthetic, after which your dentist will make an incision in the gum line in order to expose the bone below. A specialized series of drills will then be used to create a hole in your jawbone for implant placement. The MDI will then be placed.

At this time, patients will be fitted for their replacement tooth or teeth after which a temporary prosthetic, often a crown, will be attached, giving patients immediate use of their new implants. Within one month of the original treatment, the permanent prosthetic can be fixed into place, completing the implant process.

One day dental implants are most often available for those who are replacing a single missing tooth. Groups, full arches and full sets of teeth require different healing processes, therefore are not completed in a single visit. Consult with your dentist to see if one day implants will work for you.