Common Questions About Teeth In A Day

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It seems as if every purchase we make as consumers these days has a “rush” option available. For dental patients needing to replace most or all of their natural teeth, the “teeth in a day” procedure has emerged as a quicker method of providing dental implants. Here are answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions about the teeth in a day process, which is also known by the term “immediate-load dental implants.”

Q. What are teeth in a day?

A. Teeth in a day are a special type of implant overdenture, which has several implant posts that hold the denture in place. All-on-4 implants are one type of implant overdenture used in teeth in a day procedures. Patients receiving immediate-load dental implants may begin using their restorations immediately, instead of having to use temporary dentures while their mouth heals from the implant surgery.

Q. Why are teeth in a day implants able to be used immediately after surgery?

A. Much of it has to do with how the surgery is performed. It is a “flapless” form of implant surgery, meaning the oral surgeon punches a small hole to insert the post, instead of making a larger incision that would require additional healing time. A provisional set of overdentures is placed on the posts at the time of surgery. The posts are placed in such a way as to allow patients to begin using their new teeth immediately – “immediate load” refers to the fact that these teeth can begin bearing a normal load from chewing and speaking.

Q. Can I really get a full set of new teeth in 24 hours?

A. No. The term “teeth in a day” means that you should leave your surgical procedure with fully functioning teeth. However, the creation of immediate-load dental implants is actually a multi-step process, which will include a very careful assessment by your dentist of your jaw and gums, the production of radiograph images of your mouth, and the fabrication of the implant supported denture teeth by a dental laboratory.

Q. How do I care for my teeth in a day?

A. Treat your implant supported teeth in the same way you would treat your natural teeth. Brush twice daily, floss once a day, and see your dentist for regularly scheduled checkups. Your mouth is still vulnerable to gum disease and infections in your jawbone if you don’t maintain good oral health habits.

“Teeth in a day can be a good solution for teeth replacement issues, but it’s important to understand how the procedure works, and what it can and cannot do,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix.

 

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