Teeth in a Day
The term “teeth in a day” is an increasingly popular phrase
that is not always well defined or understood.
In summary, in specific patients
under various circumstances teeth can be removed, implants placed and temporary
tooth or teeth placed all at the same time. This applies to either a single
tooth or a full mouth. When all of the teeth are involved it is commonly called
an “all on four” restoration.
Although having teeth replaced in one day is very appealing , it is important to remember that only under select circumstances are patients candidates for this type of therapy.
Prior to the determination of the appropriate treatment, a comprehensive
evaluation is required in order to determine the individual patient’s specific
circumstances. Included in that exam are the medical status, the overall dental
health of the patient, the presence of any type of gum disease which can
adversely affect healing (ie. Smoking habits). The amount of bone is determined
using advanced imaging with Cone Beam Cat Scans (CBCT) and other advanced
diagnostics performed in the office.
The cone beam image is taken right in our office. Within minutes, we have a detailed 3-Dimensional image of the entire jaw. Using specialized software, we can simulate different procedures before actually working on the patient.
Regardless of the approach used, the final restoration (a single tooth or an entire mouth) is never immediately placed under any circumstance. An ample amount of time ranging from 4 to 6 months
is always required in order to insure that the implants have successfully fused
to the bone (integrated) before the final restoration is placed.
To determine if you are a candidate for this approach and
what the most appropriate course of treatment would be for your individual
situation, please call our office for a comprehensive exam.
Regardless of the final treatment it is imperative that all
patients receive a comprehensive evaluation and a review of alternative
treatments, so that a safe and predictable approach can be individually