How Does Same-Day Dental Implant Work

How Does Same-Day Dental Implant Work By Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho | December 23, 2022

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be considering dental implants as a solution. Dental implants are a long-lasting tooth replacement option, and they look and feel like natural teeth.

If you need a tooth replaced quickly, you may consider same-day or immediate dental implants.

In this blog post, we’ll break down how same-day dental implant works. We hope this will help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.

How Different Are Same-Day Dental Implants From Traditional Dental Implant Procedures?

Here are key ways in which same-day dental implants differ from traditional implants:

  1. Same-day dental implants do not require a healing period between tooth extraction and implant placement, unlike traditional dental implants.
  2. Same-day dental implants provide immediate replacement of the lost tooth, while traditional dental implants can take several months.
  3. Same-day dental implants provide instant results, while traditional dental implants require a longer waiting period.

If you’re thinking of dental implants, same-day dental implants are worth considering. The procedure is less invasive and provides faster results than conventional implant procedures. Plus, you’ll walk out of the dentist’s office with a brand-new smile!

How Are Immediate Dental Implants Placed?

Dental implants are a common solution for people looking for a same-day solution to tooth loss. The implant is a small titanium screw placed into the jawbone using minimally invasive surgery. It acts as a replacement for the root of a natural tooth. Once the implant has healed and bonded with the bone, a custom-made artificial tooth, or crown, is attached to the implant.

The placement of immediate dental implants begins with an initial consultation with your dentist, who will determine whether you are a good candidate for same-day implants. If you are a good candidate, the next step is to have the damaged tooth extracted. After which, the titanium implant will be placed.

Here is what happens during the dental implant process:

  1. The area around the implant site is numbed with local anesthesia.
  2. The tooth is extracted
  3. The implant is placed into the jawbone.
  4. Once the implant is in place, the gums are sutured shut.
  5. An impression is made of the teeth so that the dental prosthesis (crown, dentures, or dental bridges) can be created.
  6. A temporary tooth will be placed while waiting for the final dental prosthesis.

The entire process usually takes place in a single appointment, and patients can typically go home on the same day as their procedure. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for it and monitor for any signs of infection.

Immediate dental implants offer a convenient and effective solution for people who want to restore their smile.

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What Are the Dos and Don'ts After Same-Day Implants?

There are a few things you should do – and avoid doing – after you’ve had same-day dental implants. This dental restoration is a significant investment in terms of cost and commitment. You would want to take proper care of them for long-term success. First, let’s start with the dos:

  • Do brush and floss your teeth, taking care to clean the implant site very carefully. This will help maintain good oral health, reduce the risk of infection, and promote healing.

  • Do eat soft foods for the first few days until the swelling goes down. After that, you can gradually add other foods back into your diet.

  • Do take it easy for a few days after the procedure. Avoid strenuous activity and give yourself time to rest so your body can heal properly.

  • Do follow up with your dentist as scheduled. They will want to check on your progress and make sure everything is healing as it should be.

Now, here are the don’ts after getting same-day tooth implants:

  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products, as this can delay healing and increase the risk of infection.

  • Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours after the procedure. It can also delay healing and increase the risk of infection. Additionally, it’s important to stay hydrated, so drink plenty of water instead of alcoholic beverages.

  • Don’t chew on hard things. Chewing on hard candy or ice can damage your implants.

  • Don’t over-exert yourself. Refrain from any heavy exercise or activities that could disrupt the healing process.

Remember to take good care of your new implants! They can last a lifetime with proper care, but if you neglect them, you may need to replace them sooner than you’d like.

How Successful Are Same-Day Dental Implants?

According to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the 1-year survival rate of same-day dental implants is 96.6%. This means that out of every 100 patients who get same-day dental implants, 96 still have them after one year.

While the success rates for same-day dental implants are high, it’s important to remember that they are not perfect, and there are risks associated with the procedure.

What Are the Risks of Same-Day Implants?

Patients who opt for same-day tooth implants may be at risk for a few complications. These risks include:

  • Infection: One of the risks associated with any surgery is infection. When implant surgery is performed, there is always a risk of infection at the surgical site. This risk is increased with same-day implants because the implant is placed immediately after the tooth is removed. This can increase the chances of bacteria getting into the surgical site.

  • Nerve damage: The implant procedure involves drilling into the jaw bone. If the nerves are damaged, it can lead to numbness, tingling, or pain in the face, lips, tongue, or gums.

  • Damage to surrounding structures: The drilling process used to place the implant may also damage other structures in the mouth, such as the sinuses, soft tissues, or neighbouring teeth. The force of the implant placement can cause existing teeth to become loose or may damage the jaw bone.

  • Implant failure: One of the risks associated with all implants, whether placed on the same day or not, is the risk of failure. This occurs when the implant does not fuse properly to the bone or if it becomes loose over time. While this is not a common complication, it can occur and may require additional surgery.

While these risks are generally rare, it is important to discuss them with your dentist or oral surgeon before having same-day implants placed.

Can All Patients Get Same-Day Dental Implants?

While all patients may want to get same-day tooth implants, some conditions may prevent it.
There are four main contraindications for same-day dental implants:

Uncontrolled Diabetes

Patients with uncontrolled diabetes or other chronic diseases are at risk for developing complications after dental implant surgery. Diabetes can impair healing and increase the risk of infection. For this reason, patients with uncontrolled diabetes should wait to receive dental implants until their health condition is under control.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can damage the jawbone and make it difficult for dental implants to fuse with the bone. In addition, patients with periodontal disease may be more likely to experience complications after implant surgery. For these reasons, patients with periodontal disease should seek treatment before receiving dental implants.

Inadequate Jawbone Density

For dental implants to be successful, the jawbone must be dense enough to support them. The implants may fail if the bone is too weak or too thin. In these cases, bone grafts or sinus lifts may be necessary to build up the jawbone before same-day dental implant surgery.


Studies have shown that smoking has a negative effect on dental implants. Smokers are more likely to experience implant failure or gum disease around the implant site than non-smokers. For this reason, it is important for patients who smoke to quit before proceeding with dental implant treatment.

If you have any concerns about whether or not you would be a candidate for same-day dental implant treatment, please consult with an implant specialist.

Final Thoughts

Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options available today. And, thanks to advances in technology, it’s now possible to get same-day dental implants. The process usually takes less than two hours, and you’ll walk out of the dentist’s office with a beautiful smile and better quality of life.

If you’re considering dental implants to replace your missing teeth, we invite you to visit our website or call Darch Dental Centre to book a consultation appointment. Our team of experienced professionals will be happy to answer any questions you have about the procedure and help you decide if teeth implants are right for you. Thanks for reading!

Frequently Asked questions

Generally, patients can expect discomfort and swelling for up to a week after dental implant placement. Over-the-counter pain medication and anti-inflammatory medications can be taken to reduce any discomfort. Most of the swelling should subside within two weeks.
Patients should avoid hard, crunchy, and sticky foods that can cause damage to the implant. Carbonated drinks and acidic foods should also be avoided as they can weaken the implant. It is also important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as regular brushing and flossing, to promote the success of your dental implants.

Implant-retained and implant-supported dentures are two different types of dentures that are held in place by dental implants.

Implant-retained dentures use fewer implants to support a denture, while implant-supported dentures rely on six or more implants to secure the full set of replacement teeth.

Implant-retained dentures can be removed for cleaning, while implant-supported dentures are screwed in place and can only be removed by your dentist. Both implant dentures do not require adhesives to stabilise a full arch of teeth.

Yes, pain-free dental implant surgery is possible with today’s advanced technology. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. In some cases, patients may be sedated depending on their level of dental anxiety and health conditions. You may discuss with your dentist the appropriate pain management option for you.

Dr. Jon ( Junyi ) Ho

Dr. Jon is a Perth-based dentist who graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2005 from the University of Western Australia. He has worked at a range of dental practices, including being a partner and principal dentist for a group of five dental surgeries in Sydney. Dr. Jon has been practising for over a decade in the northern suburbs of Perth. He provides treatment for patients in Darch, Madeley, Landsdale, Kingsway, Kingsley, Marangaroo, Alexander Heights, Wangara, Ellenbrook, and others.

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