While traditional implant surgery uses a “two stage placement” that takes the surgery to complete in six months, immediate loading or “same day loading” allows completing the procedure the same day. Conventional dental implants require the gums and bones to heal before a crown could be fixed on the implant. The main disadvantage of this procedure is definitely the waiting time during which the patient has to live with no teeth. Sometimes temporary crowns are adjusted before actual teeth could be placed but these are quite uncomfortable and appear to be very unappealing. But those who decide to go for immediate loading dental implants also have to fulfill some minimum requirements in order to make the procedure successful.
If the implant does not attach with the bone correctly, the procedure will ultimately fail. If the tooth is located in a place where a lot of force will be applied afterwards, the chances of implant survival will lessen to a great extent. Another reason for not adopting this procedure could be its high cost as compared to traditional dental implants. This latest technique calls for an expenditure of up to $2500 depending on the experience of your dentist and the number of implants you want. This is a bit expensive for a lot of people out there who would prefer to live with damaged teeth than to pay such a huge amount for a procedure the success of which could not be predicted.
However, if you qualify for immediate load implants, there are many advantages as well that you can consider. First of all, it reduces the healing time and allows the patients to carry on with everyday functionality required of their teeth. There is no need to tolerate the inconvenience of temporary crowns while the bone is healing. Since the patient requires only one visit to have the procedure performed, there is a less amount of anxiety and stress involved.
In case the implant fails to integrate, you can opt for another surgery. However, this option will cost you double than a traditional dental implant. If you can afford these disadvantages, the procedure has a lot of potential for you. The procedure has been seen to be the most successful for single tooth restoration.
The research on the success and long-term effectiveness of immediate load dental implants is still underway. However, most believe that the success rate of both procedures is almost similar provided that nothing goes wrong during the treatment. The procedure has more value when the patient is in need of emergency treatment for lost teeth. People are becoming more and more familiar with this new technique with the passage of time and its popularity is increasing with the number of success stories.