Teeth In A Single Day
Exciting New Technology, Proven Techniques
You may have seen or heard about new dental procedures that allow you to replace a full set of teeth with implants in a single day. These procedures go under many names such as "New Teeth Now" or "Teeth-In-A-Day". The concept of placing restorations (such as a denture) on multiple implants is a proven technique with a high success rate
(New Teeth Now vs Teeth-In-A-Day vs Implant Supported Dentures)
The primary differences between these competing procedures are the number & type of implants used, the type of restoration and the number of appointments. Every technique will require planning, including diagnostic models, x-rays, and consultations (surgical and restorative) prior to surgery and the placement of implants and restorations. Therefore, nothing is completed in a day (as in “Teeth in a Day”) or now (as in “New Teeth Now”). However, the surgery and placement of temporary restorations can be done in one appointment, usually with sedation for the patients’ comfort.
Advanced Imaging Ensures Accuracy and Success
To take the best advantage of the existing bone and ensure accurate placement, 3-D "Cone Beam" imaging is necessary. We use these 3-D images to create surgical guides and ensure the success of our implants.
We've been using 3-D CT Scanning since 1997, even before the current lower radiation Dental "Cone Beam" Scanners were available. At that time, this technology was primarily limited to hospitals.
Our Philosophy & Procedure for Implant Supported Dentures
In the lower jaw, we extract any remaining teeth and generally place 5-6 implants with an immediate temporary restoration that is not removed by the patient. This, effectively is the "Single Day" aspect of the treatment and is comparable to "Teeth-In-A-Day" and "New Teeth Now".
Several months later, impressions are taken for the permanent restoration. We use our initial temporary restoration to allow time for healing and to assess the appearance, the bite, and the speech. Alterations are easier with a temporary restoration than with a permanent restoration. After the patient is satisfied with the temporary restoration and adequate healing has occurred, we finalize the restoration.
Many offices uses four implants per jaw for a fixed restoration. I believe this is a risky endeavor as “All on Four” can quickly become “None-on-Three” if one implant has a problem. With 5-6 implants, we protect the restoration. Even if one implant has a problem, the restoration is still successful. A successful restoration should ALWAYS be our goal.
With Less than 5 Implants
Restorations can be done with fewer implants, but need to be removable to decrease the stress on the implants. Removable restorations do not mean loose restorations. Most removable restorations which are restored with implants are very stable and can be very tight.
Implant requirements are different in the upper jaw than the lower jaw due to differences in bone density. We can analyze your bone density with our 3-D scanner. We can also precisely locate vital structures – nerves, sinuses, etc. This allows us to do exploratory surgery on the 3-D scan instead of exploratory surgery on you.
Fixed Implant Supported Dentures
Removable Implant Supported Dentures