Teeth in a Day: Replacing Missing Teeth With Implants

Dental Implants Annapolis, MD

"Teeth in a day" evokes scenes of walking into a dentist’s office with an underwhelming smile and leaving with a full set of pearly whites. It almost sounds too good to be true, and yet, fixed full-arch restoration does happen over a single session in the dentist’s chair.

What can teeth in a day do for you? Is the treatment right for you? To find out the answers to these questions and more, keep reading.

Why patients and dentists go for teeth in a day

"Teeth in a day" describes the installation of an implant-supported bridge in a single procedure. More often than not, these bridges replace every tooth in the jaw. However, patients who still have healthy teeth can get by with much smaller prosthodontic appliances.

The installation of implant-supported dental restorations usually takes months, from start to finish. Patients who take this conventional route undergo multiple procedures. They also take time off to heal after each procedure.  

In contrast, the "teeth in a day" approach reduces recovery to a single post-operative healing period. The treatment also saves the patient from a recovery period with no teeth. For dentists and oral surgeons, the use of a few implants to replace a full arch of teeth is a major selling point of teeth in a day.

Installation of teeth in a day

Dentists use the term "fixed, full-arch dental restoration" to describe the installation of an implant-supported dental prosthetic. The procedure takes a few hours and is the culmination of rigorous evaluation, planning and design phases.

1. Evaluation and screening

A patient who needs a solution for their failing or missing teeth first goes through an evaluation process. This stage of treatment involves:

  • A visual exam of the patient’s teeth and gums
  • Medical imaging of the teeth, gums and jaws
  • Evaluation of the patient’s general health

The information that a dentist collects at this stage doubles as patient screening. It helps the dentist figure out if their patient is a good candidate for fixed full-arch restoration, or teeth in a day. If the dentist determines that the patient is healthy enough for dental implant surgery, they move on to the next phase.

2. Planning and design

The information that a dentist collects during the evaluation stage helps them come up with a custom treatment plan for the individual. Using medical scans of the patient’s jaw, an oral surgeon will identify optimal locations for four to six dental implants.

Next, the oral surgeon will design an implant-supported dental prosthetic that matches the face and mouth of the patient. This design is the model that the dental lab uses to create a set of artificial teeth with allowances for dental implants. These allowances take the form of screw holes that align with the dental implants in the patient’s jaw.  

The surgeon will then craft a treatment plan that accommodates the patient’s general health. They will make allowances for certain health conditions that the patient may have or for certain medications that the patient takes.

3. Installation

Teeth in a day involves a surgical procedure that takes a couple of hours. The oral surgeon starts by putting the patient under anesthesia. They then proceed to:

  • Extract any remaining, failing teeth
  • Open the gums to expose the jaw
  • Modify target sections of the jaw by making small holes to accommodate the dental implants
  • Place the implants
  • Attach an abutment to each implant
  • Close the gums around the abutment, leaving the upper end of the abutment above the gumline
  • Attach a temporary set of implant-supported dentures

The oral surgeon then sends the patient home with after-care instructions and a brand-new smile. They will advise their patient to stick to soft foods for several weeks.

Teeth in a day could be the thing you are looking for

Do not accept failing or missing teeth as your new normal. There is a great way to get yourself a nice smile with fully functional teeth. Get in touch with us to find out how and if teeth in a day can bring your smile back to life.

Request an appointment here: https://www.lighthousefamilydentistry.com or call Lighthouse Family Dentistry at (410) 844-0866 for an appointment in our Annapolis office.

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