Teeth in a Day – How Does It Work?

Teeth_in_a_dayWe live in a society that values speed, so it is not surprising that one option for receiving a full arch of dental implants and teeth is known as “teeth in a day.” This procedure has been a very positive development for patients who have lost or are about to lose all the teeth in their upper and/or lower jaw. Here’s a step-by-step guide to how the teeth in a day process works.

Teeth in a day, step by step

  1. Visiting the dentist to determine if one is a suitable candidate for teeth in a day. Your dentist will evaluate how healthy your gums are, and the density of your jaw bone. He or she can rectify problems with periodontal disease or bone density, both of which can lower the success rate for teeth in a day procedures.
  2. Diagnostic and planning tasks. Your mouth will undergo a CAT scan or other imaging process, and the dentist will determine how the implants should be placed in your jaw, as well as begin orchestrating the care you will need.
  3. Referral to an oral surgeon or other specialist. Your general dentist will send you to a practitioner experienced in performing the teeth in a day process. There you will be evaluated again to make sure that you can be a successful candidate.
  4. Discussions between your dentist and your specialist. These two professionals will cover the specifics of your dental health, and what strategies will make the surgery successful.
  5. Impressions taken to make your overdentures. The restorations created will look and function just like natural teeth. The big plus being no palate for upper dentures, a big win for patients, as taste buds will not be covered.
  6. Surgery day. On the day that your “teeth in a day” procedure takes place, any remaining teeth will be extracted (if they haven’t been already), and the implants will be placed in the jaw.
  7. Dental restorations/overdentures placed. A temporary set of overdentures will be loaded onto your new implants on the day of your procedure. You will leave the office with teeth! Later, a permanent set of teeth will take their place – and your new teeth will be ready to help you eat, smile and speak!

“The teeth in a day procedure is relatively quick, but the planning that leads up to that day is significant and requires the orchestration of a team of experts,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in private practice in central Phoenix.


  1. Tammy Brooks says

    I have Medicaid, Medical and or Medicare being that I am the disable and get disability and SSI what can you do for me

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