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Do Same-Day Full Arch Implants Work?

Same-day dental implants are advertised as a convenient solution to tooth loss – one that doesn’t require the time investment of traditional implant procedures. This leaves many patients wondering if same-day full arch treatment is actually effective, and if they should pursue this method of care over others.

Teeth-in-a-day full arch implants are a great choice for patients in the following circumstances:

Adequate Bone Volume – Dental implants of any variety need a certain amount of tissue at the treatment site to properly integrate. Patients missing teeth for extended periods of time often exhibit diminished bone health – an issue that typically has to be corrected with grafting procedures before an implant can be placed. In these instances, a same-day implant wouldn’t be feasible or recommended.

Adequate Dental Technology – Same-day full arch implants require precision placement to ensure treatment will carry the same success rate as traditional implant protocols. Dr. O’Connor’s in-office technology makes same-day treatment possible for qualified patients through 3D guided implant placement.

Training and Expertise – With any specialized or advanced dental procedure the knowledge of the practitioner plays a key role in supporting treatment success. Same-day full arch dental implants require the approach of a seasoned professional. Dr. O’Connor has been focused on providing complex restorations and implant procedures for many years. He has proven success with this reliable and effective method of teeth replacement.

Keep in mind that prosthetics provided may be temporary coverings for the implants as they integrate into surrounding tissue, or a final prosthesis may be delivered at time of implant placement in select cases.  The same-day process refers to the extraction of compromised teeth and the immediate placement of implant posts in one appointment, as opposed to waiting several weeks or even months for the extraction site to heal or for bone grafts to be placed.

Same-day full arch dental implants are a viable treatment option for patients who are healthy enough to support this specialized treatment approach. If you have questions about the technology Dr. O’Connor utilizes to perform this treatment or whether you qualify for teeth in a day, contact our office for your consultation.  In the meantime, refer to the tab on Guided Implant Surgery on our website


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Denture Problem Solving with Mini Implants

Removable dentures are traditionally problematic for many patients. Lack of suction, daily re-application with adhesives, and changes in fit as soft tissue shrinks all contribute to loose and problematic prosthesis. For patients who have struggled with dentures for years, qualifying for traditional dental implants may be cost prohibitive and not feasible, due to overall oral health problems.

Mini dental implants, however, as designed to work with your dentures and provide the boost in stability that you’ve been missing all these years. Placement of mini implants can address the following:

Loose and Uncomfortable Prosthesis

With customization, your brand-new dentures likely fit well and feel great. However, this effect can diminish over time. As dentures sit on top of gums, rubbing on tissue and not providing stimulation for bone, soft tissue and jaw density deplete. This causes an ill-fit in dentures and requires periodic realignment. Over years of use, this issue can make dentures more of a hassle than a convenience for many patients.

By adding mini dental implants to a jaw arch, patients benefit from improved stability. Dentures will be attached to supports that are rooted in bone, ensuring they feel more natural and stand up to biting and chewing pressure.

Lack of Bone Quality

Your natural tooth roots play an important part of your overall oral health – they stimulate bone to ensure it remains healthy, dense, and supports overall facial structure. When missing all of your natural teeth, lack of stimulation creates bone resorption and alteration of facial aesthetic. Mini dental implants can combat this issue through osseointegration and are still a viable treatment for patients who have already experienced bone depletion. If you’re missing all of your teeth and are struggling with dentures, you can still be a candidate for MDIs.

Lower Dentures Issues

Full dentures on lower jaw arches are notorious for being problematic. While upper dentures include a piece of acrylic that covers the palate, thereby better securing dentures through suction, lower prosthetics do not have the same advantage. Lower dentures are infamous for coming loose and making it hard for patients to eat, speak, and chew. The addition of a few mini implants, though, can create a more positive denture-wearing experience for patients with lower arch prosthetics.

Ask us about mini dental implants! If you have uncomfortable and problematic dentures, mini dental implants offer a viable solution for stability and security. Contact our implant dentist today for more information on how we can help.