Getting lost teeth replaced used to be a long, arduous process. Advances in implant technology now make it possible to have fully functioning teeth in a single treatment day.
Traditional implant planning usually required multiple months of healing after removing teeth, and then additional time after implants were placed, before the prosthetic teeth were added.
Long-term studies have shown great success of immediate implant placement and delivery of the fixed prosthesis. Working together with your general dentist, Dr. Puckett and his staff can remove teeth, place implants, and deliver a fixed (not removable) prosthesis in one day. Computer-assisted planning of the case before surgery results in more efficient implant placement, less patient discomfort, reduced or eliminated need for bone grafting, and an easier recovery.
Using this technology for over a decade, we have found it to be successful even in patients who have worn dentures for many years. Even with significant bone loss, Dr. Puckett and his staff can evaluate your condition and formulate a plan to restore your mouth and function.
Two to four appointments are needed prior to the day of surgery.
Step 1: Examination and 3-D cone beam computer tomography (CT) scan
The system uses scatter radiation to provide clearer images than X-rays. Views and angles can be manipulated for superior digital implant planning. Three-dimensional evaluation also helps to eliminate complications.
During the scan, a focused X-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved 360 degrees around your head to make up to 600 images, also called views.
Using the CT with current software, we can plan challenging implant cases which previously were not possible. We can accurately assess landmarks such as the lower jawbone canal, the sinuses beside the nose and adjacent teeth, as well as the volume, height, width, and angle of bone.
The technology also allows us to conduct flapless implant placement, which is less invasive, less painful, and improves soft tissue outcomes.
Step 2: Plan coordination with your dentist and the dental lab
Once we have a plan, our team coordinates with your dentist and the dental lab to finalize how it will be executed.
Step 3: Treatment day
Because the procedure is mapped out in every detail, we are ready to start when you arrive. The replacement teeth are custom-made to your mouth and your situation. We place the implants in a way that prevents them from moving while the implant is fusing with the bone.
This one-day process streamlines treatment, saves time, reduces anxiety and improves results. After just one treatment visit, you will have natural-looking teeth that can stay healthy with proper hygiene. You can eat, smile, laugh and speak immediately. Once the implants heal fully, they will be as strong as your natural teeth.
Step 4: Healing
As with traditional implants, same-day implants must securely fuse with the jawbone. You must follow Dr. Puckett’s recommendations for oral care after the procedure to avoid complications. Smoking will slow healing and the process of osseointegration.