Teeth in a Day: What You Need To Know

Teeth in a DayIf you’ve had trouble with your teeth, and now have a number of them missing from your smile, hearing a phrase like “teeth in a day” can sound like a dental miracle. But like a lot of things in life, the reality behind this phrase is a little more complicated. Teeth in a day – also known as immediately loaded dental implants – can provide dramatic positive results, but they require the proper circumstances in order for them to be successful.

The distinction between traditional and “teeth in a day” implants is this: in a traditional implantation, the restorations are delivered in a three-stage process, in which the root, abutment and crown of the implant are placed in the mouth in separate procedures. Typically, there are weeks or months between visits in order for the bone to adhere to the implant down in the root and for the gums to heal. When implants are immediately loaded, the implants (with the porcelain crowns on top) immediately begin receiving a “load” from chewing forces.

One of the biggest advantages of a “teeth in a day” procedure, particularly when using an All-on-4 technique to deliver implant supported dentures, is that a patient will go without his or her teeth for the shortest period possible. Immediate loading may also improve osseointegration (the bonding of the bone with the implant).

There are a number of important factors that your dentist will discuss with you if you are considering this procedure. For example the bone density of your jaw, which teeth are being replaced, and your general dental health will determine if you are a candidate for immediately loaded implants. Something else to consider, although the implantation procedure may only require a single session, your dentist will be working with an entire team of restoration professionals – including an oral surgeon or periodontist to perform the surgery, and a dental lab to fabricate the final restorations – to coordinate the procedure, and that can take time to set up.

“’Teeth in a day’ can help you get back to your old smile more quickly than traditional dental implantation, but it’s not a ‘drive-through’ solution,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in Phoenix. “A lot of preparation goes into making this one-day procedure successful.”

 

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