After losing an entire arch or mouthful of teeth, patients usually want to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. After all, who wants to spend weeks with a toothless smile? Fortunately, a treatment known as teeth in a day can help patients restore a complete smile in a very short time frame.
A teeth in a day procedure uses a small number of dental implants, typically just four, to secure the prosthetic denture. Therefore, it takes merely a matter of hours to place those implants. Most patients can be fitted with at least a temporary appliance at the end of that appointment, allowing patients to walk out of the office with a brand new smile.
Fortunately, patients who have already lost some bone at the rear of the jaw can still be good candidates for this treatment. The dentist will place the implants toward the front of the jaw where the bone is thicker and erodes more slowly over time.
Before the dental implants are placed, the patient will have an initial consultation in which the dentist will inspect the jaw visually and take some images through x-rays or CT scans in order to determine the most appropriate sites for implant placement. When the treatment plan is ready, the patient returns to the office for implant placement.
Not only is teeth in a day a speedy treatment, it’s also a durable one. Because the bone fuses with the implants, the devices are capable of functioning like artificial teeth roots and able to stabilize the jaw. In contrast, conventional dentures, which have no such structure underneath the gum line, allow the jaw to wear away. With teeth in a day, the shape of the jaw remains constant, and the appliance retains its fit through the years.
Although dental implants do require surgery for placement, the treatment process for implant-supported dentures doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out one. Explore teeth in a day to get back your smile and boost your self-esteem quickly. Call our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable team members about this treatment option.