Sometimes, the fear of losing a tooth and going through life without a full smile and decreased function can prevent patients from taking care of a dental problem quickly. Some patients will suffer from seemingly unbearable tooth pain but do not know what the best solution is for providing immediate relief that solves tooth pain while maintaining a beautiful new smile they’ll be proud to show off.
When a tooth must be removed or is already missing, dental implant placement is the best solution for restoring the tooth. Many times, patients can begin the placement process at the same time that their tooth is extracted, decreasing the time necessary to fully restore oral function and aesthetics.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small, medical-grade titanium post that is inserted into the jaw and supports the full dental restoration.
There are three parts to a dental implant:
- The implant itself, which fuses with the jaw bone to create a stable base for the new tooth
- The crown, the porcelain restoration which is placed on top of the abutment and looks and functions like the natural tooth
- The abutment, which is inserted into the implant screw and holds together the implant and the crown
Many patients express that dental implant placement is easier than having a tooth removed. Unlike other solutions, such as fixed bridges or removable stay-plates, dental implants do not compromise the health of the neighboring teeth. No healthy teeth need to be ground down to support the replacement tooth, and patients can brush and floss with the dental implant just as they would with a normal tooth.
What can I expect during the same-day dental implant placement procedure?
Unlike the traditional dental implant method which can take months to complete, same day dental implants can be placed in just one surgical procedure and only require one short follow-up visit a few months following placement.
Before the procedure, patients will meet with one of our experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons to review their health history, complete a thorough oral examination, and review options for tooth replacement. If necessary, additional X-rays or 3D scans may be taken to complement the X-rays taken by the patient’s general dentist. Your surgeon will also review options for anesthesia and sedation during the procedure, including IV sedation and nitrous oxide, and help patients choose the best anesthetic to reduce anxiety and subdue any pain during the treatment.
During the procedure, on occasion, the full dental restoration will be placed during the same procedure that a tooth is removed. Over the course of several weeks, the implant will fuse with the jaw and fully heal. Once this is complete, a permanent replacement crown will be attached to the implant in a single follow-up procedure.
Patients undergoing same-day tooth restoration enjoy the immediate placement of their new implant, less pain during the appointment and post-operative recovery period, and a significantly shorter treatment time. If you are interested in learning more about this revolutionary procedure, we encourage you to contact Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Marashi or Dr. Ricciuti. It is our goal to provide you with a fully restored smile and functional teeth quickly so that you can smile, speak, and eat with confidence and ease.