A person who loses one or more teeth because of an accident, age and wear, or other reasons will want to replace the teeth as quickly as they can. An experienced oral surgeon can provide “Teeth in a Day” dental implants, provided that the patient is a good candidate for them.
What are Teeth in a Day?
Dental implants are a highly successful solution to replace missing or damaged teeth. They function like the roots of a natural tooth. They are implanted into the jawbone and serve as a base for attaching natural-looking crowns.
Most dental implant procedures take several appointments to complete both before and after the healing process. Teeth in a Day is a same-day surgical procedure that allows patients to leave their implant appointments with temporary but fully functional teeth.
This advanced procedure places and locks the implants so that they cannot move throughout the healing process. Although the implant includes a temporary crown or tooth, it must still integrate with the bone during the healing process. This can take from three to six months.
One common same-day implant technique is called “All-on-Four.” In this surgery, four dental implants support a complete arch of teeth. All-on-Four maximizes the use of the patient’s existing bone, often making bone grafting unnecessary.
Patients who undergo a Teeth in a Day procedure do not need to wear partial or full dentures while their implants heal. Instead, they receive both implants and fully functional temporary teeth in one appointment. These sturdy and stable temporary teeth remain in place until permanent teeth can be placed.
What are the Benefits of Teeth in a Day?
The primary benefit is, of course, having the surgery to remove old teeth and getting new teeth implanted in a single day. Although the new teeth are temporary in most cases, they allow patients to immediately eat and talk comfortably during the healing process. In addition, uncomfortable full or partial dentures are not needed with Teeth in a Day procedures. Many patients enjoy this benefit.
Teeth in a Day implants also have a significant psychological benefit. Missing teeth can be unsightly and change a person’s appearance and ability to smile, eat, and talk normally. Being able to leave an implant appointment with functional teeth is a huge advantage for many people.
There may also be some cost savings with a Teeth in a Day procedure, depending on which technique is used and the patient’s total implant needs.
Does the Teeth in a Day Procedure Speed Up the Implant Process?
The procedure speeds up the placement of fully functional teeth, but these teeth are temporary. Same-day implants are not a shortcut for the bone-to-implant integration process that is needed for successful implant surgery. The body needs ample time to produce new bone cells that will hold the implants firmly in place. Once that happens, permanent teeth can be placed.
What Else Should I Know about Teeth in a Day?
The bone-to-implant integration process can take from three to six months, regardless of which procedure is used. During that time, the Teeth in a Day patient must be careful to avoid anything that might move or otherwise disturb the implants.
- Patients will need to stick to softer foods and avoid most hard, crunchy foods such as carrots and nuts for anywhere from six to eight weeks after surgery.
- The restorative “teeth” patients leave with are usually temporary. In addition, they are usually fabricated before surgery. The permanent results will be even more natural and aesthetically pleasing than the temporary implants.
- Finally, patients should have generally good oral health, thick jawbones, and not have medical problems that could affect healing.
Mullica Hill Oral Surgeons at Lanzi Burke Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are Available for a Dental Implant Consultation
Many patients are great candidates for Teeth in a Day dental implants. Others would do best with traditional implant procedures. Either way, dental implants give patients a beautiful smile and fully functional teeth to replace missing or damaged teeth. The Mullica Hill oral surgeons at Lanzi Burke Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons will advise you on which implant procedures will be best for your situation. Call us today at 856-582-4222 or contact us online to make an appointment or schedule a free consultation. With offices in Washington Township, Haddonfield, and Woolwich Township, New Jersey, we are dedicated to helping patients throughout South Jersey.