Accidents happen — and so do health conditions. There are plenty of reasons why someone might want or need to have dental implants. But with so many options on the market, how do you know which procedure is right for you?
The answer many people come to after doing their research is the wildly popular Teeth In A Day procedure, which can provide aesthetically pleasing implants in a single day after going through preparations. But many people have a lot of questions about this procedure that don’t always get answered.
So, to help counter that problem, we created a list of the seven most commonly asked questions about the Teeth In A Day procedure to help you feel more comfortable about restoring that perfect smile.
Teeth In A Day is a procedure that provides an immediate solution to missing teeth via custom-designed and fitted dental implants. This procedure is named “Teeth In A Day” because it can, as the name suggests, restore a fully functional and aesthetically pleasing dentition in a single day. This procedure can address missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
While the implantation of the artificial teeth only takes one day, you should also keep in mind that some additional planning and mapping will need to take place prior to your implants.
If probably maintained and cared for, Teeth In A Day should last you for the rest of your life. They are able to achieve this longevity by creating implants that mimic the structure of a real tooth, using durable materials to create the implant and by setting the base of the implant into the jaw bone for secure fastening.
One of the most common questions patients have is “What are the dangers of one-day implants?” Well, the good news is that there are very few. This procedure is considered to be extremely safe. But, one of the primary risks to any dental implant is that there must always be an integration period between the implant and the surrounding bone. During the healing process, and for some time afterward, the jaw bone will produce new cells that will secure the implant in place. This can, in typical cases, take up to six months. Your diet may need to be altered to slightly more soft foods to decrease the likelihood of moving the implants out of place and having them set improperly.
It is also important to keep in mind that, at the end of the day, any dental implant procedure is considered to be surgery, which means you always have a small risk of infection, nerve damage or injury to the surrounding structures. In some rare cases, sinus problems have also developed when implants in the upper jaw break through into the sinus cavity.
On the day of your procedure, your surgeon will remove the teeth (when necessary) that will be replaced by the Teeth In A Day dental implants. Then, incisions will be made into the gum, and the implant will be placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. Temporary but still aesthetically pleasing and similar prosthetic teeth are fastened to the implant for about three months. After this time, a new set will be made with any adjustments necessary for a perfectly harmonious dental aesthetic.
It can take up to six months for your Teeth In A Day implants to go through osseointegration, a process that allows the implant to bind to the underlying bone. However, this is a general estimate, and many patients find their implants have settled as early as three months after their procedure.
While you may need to stick to slightly softer foods, some patients can eat without pain or discomfort the same day of the surgery. If you experience any pain or discomfort, your medical professional will provide you with over-the-counter or prescription medication to help mitigate those symptoms.
In some rare cases, patients might require additional surgeries to occur before the placement of dental implants. This typically happens when a patient does not have a strong enough jaw bone to hold the implant in place. When this is the case, bone grafts — artificial or borrowed from another part of the body — may be performed to strengthen the jaw bone.
There are a few other rare instances in which the Teeth In A Day procedure may require more time or a special type of dental implant such as a zygoma or pterygoid implant. Zygomatic implants are anchored into the upper jawbone, close to the much more dense zygoma bone, securing a stronger foundation than traditional implants. Similarly, pterygoid implants latch onto the pterygoid plate, providing an equally strong foundation, avoiding the need for grafting techniques and minimizing the risk of breaking into the sinus cavity. The best way to find out how long your procedure would take is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Freeman, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon with extensive experience in the Teeth In A Day procedure.
The cost of your Teeth In A Day procedure is a direct reflection of your unique condition and the experience and expertise of your surgeon. While many practices claim to offer top-tier dental implant results at a fraction of the typical cost, you should be very wary of the experience and training those providers have. Many patients who choose those more “affordable” options end up having to come to a regularly priced practice to correct the mistakes of the original discounted procedure, costing them even more time and money in the long run.
While the number of teeth being replaced plays a large role in the cost, the extent of your insurance coverage will also determine how much you are responsible for paying out of pocket. Your medical professional will give you an accurate estimate of your out-of-pocket cost during your consultation.
If you are interested in learning more about Teeth In A Day, or if you would like to get started on your Teeth In A Day consultation, give our office a call at 281-599-9445 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to helping you get the smile of your dreams.