What is an Immediate Load Implant?
There are several different methods and types of dental implant options available. From traditional full-arch dental implants to mini-implant designs made for non-conventional patients, the choices are far broader than what they’ve been in years’ past. The same goes for how long it takes to complete implant treatment!
With today’s “immediate load” implant designs, it’s possible to get your new implant placed and restored with a crown on the very same day. There’s no need to wait months between appointments to finally top the implant off with a fixed restoration.
Same Day Dental Implants
An immediate load implant is one that’s placed and restored in one appointment. Traditional implants are usually placed, covered to allow the area to heal, and then restored with a fixed restoration several months later. In contrast, same day implants are installed and then have a fixed restoration placed at the same appointment, while bone integrates with the biocompatible, artificial tooth root.
Most immediate load dental implants are placed in the “aesthetic zone” of a person’s smile, that is, toward the front of their mouth. Such areas typically don’t have to bear as much weigh as back molars would for grinding and chewing. As such, they are at less of a risk for any complications when pressure is applied to them.
Having a missing front tooth can be tremendously embarrassing. But with an immediate load implant you’re able to enjoy a new “tooth” in just one trip to the dentist’s office.
Depending on which tooth you’re replacing, your immediate load dental implant may have what we consider a “provisional” restoration placed on the date of surgery, then a more permanent restoration a few months later. Provisional crowns or bridges are made to eliminate aesthetic concerns but aren’t such that they’re kept in the mouth on a permanent, long-term basis.
Why? Because your oral anatomy and gum tissues will slightly change after an implant is placed. After everything has integrated properly, those minor changes may cause the provisional crown to start to stand out. It’s at that point where a more permanent porcelain design would be recommended.
Advantages of Digital Placement
Many same day implant providers utilize CT/conebeam scanning to digitally map out the placement of the implant in advance of the surgery. This digital imaging allows for the opportunity to create a surgical guide for minimally-invasive and efficient placement of the implant(s). Most patients experience less discomfort and faster healing, while minimizing the need for additional bone grafts
Find Out if You’re a Candidate for an Immediate Load Implant
Like the idea of getting an immediate load implant? Not everyone qualifies for a same day dental treatment, but the first step is to talk with a provider to find out if you’re a candidate (or which other alternatives may be a better option.) Talk to a Kois Center dentist to learn more about immediate load implant treatments to find out which one is right for you!