There are mixed views on whether or not to opt for done-in-one implants. While most people prefer them, many dental professionals won’t recommend them because there’s no evidence that they’re better than the regular kind. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the debate while exploring both sides of the argument.
The Pros of Done-In-One Implants
· Quicker recovery time:
As the name suggests, the implants are placed in one single procedure. There’s no lab work required, and they can be implanted right away. On average, it can take around 30 minutes to an hour to complete the process, depending on how complicated it is and whether or not there are any complications.
· Less invasive:
Compared to regular implants that require a bone graft, sinus lift, and other surgical procedures before implantation, implants don’t involve as many steps. What makes them appealing to most people is that there’s a lower chance of experiencing complications and side effects by having minor surgery.
· A single visit:
If you cost-effectively complete the procedure in one sitting, not only will you experience minor discomfort, but the implant site won’t be aggravated either.
· A good choice for adults and seniors:
Some professionals won’t recommend the implants because they’re more suited to patients who need fewer appointments. If you’re an adult or senior that isn’t planning on having any additional procedures shortly, staying with the implants is a better idea. It can take up to 30 years for implants to completely fuse with the jawbone. If you plan on getting additional surgeries in the future, regular implants may be a better option.
· Easy to maintain:
You only need to brush your teeth after meals and floss once per day since the implants close the space in between the gum line. If you don’t have enough room for regular implants, they can interfere with proper cleaning, which increases plaque buildup and the chances of developing gingivitis.
The Cons of Done-In-One Implants
· Longer treatment times:
Going for the implants may not be ideal if you have a complex case because it’ll require more sessions before implantation can be completed. For example, if you’re missing all your teeth and need dentures, you’ll likely need at least two of the implants instead of regular implants that can be placed in one visit. This is why most specialists will recommend having the process done throughout several appointments.
· More complicated:
Because there are more steps involved, there’s also the possibility of it being more complicated. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, you need to find a professional with experience with this method. What makes it even trickier is that each case will vary depending on whether or not the patient received any bone grafts before implantation.
· Possible complications:
As mentioned above, if the process isn’t done correctly, you’re at risk of experiencing side effects and other complications. These can include pain, infection, capsular contracture, etc.
· Less secure than regular implants:
Since it’s tempting to think that the implants are more accessible to place than regular ones, some dentists might rush the procedure. While it’s a quicker way to get it done, this can affect the stability of your implant and make it less secure. The result: you might need a second surgery to fix any complications.
· May require additional surgeries:
If there’s insufficient bone around the jawline where the implant is placed, you’ll need to undergo a bone graft before getting regular implants. If the implants are placed at an angle that doesn’t mimic natural teeth, not only will it interfere with the positioning of your dentures, but there’s also a possibility that they may fall out. You might also experience discomfort or pain if they’re too long or short for your mouth.
Because there’s no definitive evidence proving whether one method is better than the other, your dentist will base their decision on your needs and what they’re more comfortable with. While the implants work well in some instances, they may not be the best choice for you.
In the end, you decide to make it even if some professionals seem to have a clear bias towards one option over another. It comes down to what you’re more comfortable with and your needs as a patient.