Sometimes names can be misleading. For example…

Panama hats come from Ecuador.

The Hundred Years War lasted 116 years.

And the black box they always talk about on airplanes is actually orange (feel free to insert your own “Orange is the New Black” joke here).

What does all this have to do with Same Day Dental Implants?

Well, as in these examples, the name doesn’t quite tell the whole story.

The promise of Same Day Implants is this…

You have a tooth or teeth that are missing (or on their last leg so to speak) and want to get them replaced.

Traditional Dental Implants

Generally with traditional implants, you have any bad teeth removed. Then wait for things to heal.

Then you have implants put in. Then you wait for your mouth to heal from that surgery.

Only then are your permanent replacement teeth put in. The entire process can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months.

That’s a long time to go without one or more of your teeth!

So you can see the appeal of same day implants or Teeth in a Day©. Just show up at the dentist’s office and walk out the same day with a mouthful of teeth. No months of keeping your mouth closed because you’re too embarrassed about your missing teeth.

Same Day Dental Implants

In one way, same day dental implants are exactly what they sound like. A cosmetic dentist, aided by technology, can perform a relatively minimally invasive surgery to place implants in your mouth.

And they can put “teeth” on the implants immediately so you’ll leave the office with a full set the same day the implant surgery is performed.

Here’s the thing to understand though…

The teeth you get that day are temporary. There is still quite a bit of healing that’ll take place in your mouth after that surgery.

You’ll have to go back for follow up appointments.

The dentist will check to make sure the osseointegration process is going well.

(Osseointegration is just a big, fancy word that means the bone around the implants has attached itself directly to the implant, is growing around it and supports it properly.)

Your dentist will also make sure your mouth is healing correctly and there’s no infection or other issues.

Only after things have healed completely can your permanent teeth get fitted on the implants.

So kinda how the Hundred Years War didn’t last exactly 100 years, same day implants don’t exactly happen all on the same day. But you do walk away with a full set of teeth the same day as the initial surgery so the name is much more fitting than say, Chinese checkers which were actually invented in Germany.

To find out if you’re eligible for same day dental implants and how long the process will take, you should visit a local cosmetic dentist. To find one near you who specializes in dental implants, search our listings here.