Same-Day Dental Implants vs. Traditional Implants

Deciding to undergo a dental implant procedure can be intimidating, whether a patient is getting one tooth or multiple teeth replaced. Today’s technological advances provide patients with multiple options for surgery, whereas before, there was really only one way to perform dental implant surgery. At Pacific Northwest in Seattle, we provide same-day dental implant services and traditional implant services.

That brings us to our next question: what are the differences between traditional implants and same-day dental implants, and which should procedure should I pursue?

Of course, dental implants in general have their benefits. For one, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, teeth that are restored with dental implants can’t get cavities, meaning a replacement tooth or crown can’t decay like natural teeth. Dental implants are also the only dental restoration option that can help stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.

Either way, a dental implant could be an option for you and fit your personal lifestyle, as most patients are viable candidates for dental implants. Let Pacific Northwest’s team of experts help decide if the treatment is right for you.

Here are some of the pros and cons of receiving a traditional dental implant and getting an implant in one day:

Advantages and Disadvantages of Same-Day Dental Implants

Same-day dental implants are exactly what they sound like — they’re done in one single day, adding a sense of convenience and comfortability for the patient. Patients don’t have to wear uncomfortable dentures while waiting for their implants heal, and their implant surgery and tooth replacement happens all at once. For the patient, that means less time hiding their empty mouth spaces and more time smiling.

One thing patients might struggle with is the six to eight week healing period post-surgery. Patients often must change to a softer diet during this time period, and failure to adhere to that may accidentally move the implants, which can increase the risk of treatment failure.

Pacific Northwest offers a $99 exam and dental implant consultation for our patients.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implant surgery can be conducted on most patients, thanks to technological advances. Modern bone grafting techniques can restore bone support for patients with major bone loss around the missing tooth, and formerly risky patents, such as those with heart disease or diabetes, can be eligible for the surgery.

One concern for patients might be the lengthy process of the traditional implant. On average, the traditional dental implant process can take anywhere from five to eight months, but can stretch up to a year.

How Pacific Northwest Can Help You Decide

So now that you know the differences between a traditional dental implant and one that is conducted on the same day, how do you know which is the best option for you? Our doctors at Pacific Northwest are highly experienced with both dental implant procedures, and they can help you decide which type of implant would be better suited for your lifestyle.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts headquartered in Seattle. To schedule an appointment, call (206) 289-0886 or request an appointment online.