Immediately Restore Your Smile with Convenient Same-day Implants
Like many patients, you may be considering dental implants after tooth extraction. With same-day implants placed at our Santa Fe, NM-area practice, Dr. Sean M. Healy and Dr. Diego Hurtado can insert the metal posts immediately after a tooth is removed. As a result, the implant and extraction sites can heal at the same time. This will shorten your overall recovery time and eliminate the need for multiple surgical procedures. With a comprehensive exam, Dr. Healy will first ensure that immediate-placement implants are appropriate for you. Replacing missing teeth is important, so if you are not an ideal candidate, Dr. Healy can recommend an alternative solution.
What Are Same-day Implants?
In many ways, same-day implants are similar to traditional implants. Dr. Healy will use our X-Guide™ live navigation surgery system to place your implants with great precision. Made of biocompatible titanium, the implants will integrate with your bone tissue, replacing your tooth roots. The metal posts can then support a custom-made crown, bridge, or denture.
With same-day implants, Dr. Healy will extract your damaged teeth and place your implants during the same visit. Then he will attach a restoration, and you will leave the office with a fully restored smile. It will usually take about three to six months for your implants to integrate with your jawbone fully. When your recovery is complete, Dr. Healy will attach your permanent restoration.
Same-day implants involve fewer trips to the dentist, and the treatment can shorten the time before your permanent restoration can be placed by as much as 50%.
Benefits of Same-day Implants
Normally, you would need to wait two to six months after an extraction to receive your traditional dental implants. Dr. Healy would perform an additional surgery to place your posts. Then you would need to wait several more months before he could attach your restoration.
In contrast, same-day implants involve fewer trips to the dentist, and the treatment can shorten your overall healing time by as much as 50%. In addition, you will leave the office with a completely natural-looking smile. Although you will need to eat a soft diet during your recovery, your smile will look very lifelike, thanks to advanced same-day implants. You will also be able to test out the restoration. Because it will fit much like your permanent prosthetic, you can make sure that it fits comfortably and meets your cosmetic goals. Then Dr. Healy and your dentist can make adjustments before attaching the final restoration.
Evaluating Your Candidacy
Despite their many advantages, same-day implants are not right for everyone. Your health is Dr. Healy’s top priority, and he will conduct a full consultation to make sure that the treatment is appropriate for you. To qualify for same-day implants, you should not have any cavities, abscesses, or gum disease. It is also important that you have enough bone density. Dr. Healy will take computed tomography (CT) scans of your jaw, and the 3-D images will reveal signs of bone recession. Significant tissue loss will interfere with your ability to receive same-day implants, but you can still receive permanent implant posts. Dr. Healy will perform a bone graft after extraction. Then you will need to wait for your jaw to heal before you can undergo implant surgery.
Schedule a Consultation
Same-day implant placement is more complex than traditional implant surgery, so it is important to work with an experienced oral surgeon. Contact our office to learn how you can benefit from Dr. Healy’s expertise and comprehensive treatment options.