For a long time, there were only limited options available to anyone who was considering having a tooth replacement. If they did not fall into the category of candidates for surgery, bridges and full or partial dentures was the limit of what they could get. If they were considered viable candidates for cosmetic surgery, they could get dental implants instead of dentures that they’d have to remove every day in order to clean. Things have changed, however, and today, there is a new version of dental implants whose popularity is soaring – the procedure referred to as teeth in a day.
Difference between Dental Implants and Teeth In A Day
Dental implants were borne out of a need to create a permanent solution to the problem of teeth replacement. Before implants, the only options were to fix a full or partial denture or bridge to replace the missing teeth. Those solutions were considered to be temporary solutions that were cumbersome and did not reach the root, so to speak, of the problem.
Implants were introduced, replacing the missing teeth with quality porcelain ones that were rooted into the jawbone by attaching them to metal posts. Because they were permanently rooted, patients had no need to worry about removing them for cleaning, and the normal teeth care was sufficient to keep them in good condition. A major disadvantage of this procedure was the time it took; with multiple surgeries and weeks between them to allow the jaw bone to heal and the metal rods to fuse themselves securely into place.
Without these delays, the procedure would have taken days, or even hours, and thus; the time element is the major difference between normal implant procedure and the teeth in a day procedure.
The procedure is carried out in the same way as normal dental implant surgery, but due to some changes, it now takes around 10 hours from start to finish. No time is allotted to allow the jawbone heal or for the metal posts to become securely fixed. Although that might sound dangerous, the safety of the procedure has been increased due to innovations over time. Another difference is that the teeth in a day procedure, is only performed on patients who have healthy jawbones, and anyone with weakness or a history of infections will not be eligible to have the procedure carried out on them. The reason for this is that a healthy and strong jawbone will be better able to withstand the procedure than one that has been compromised by illness or other factors.
The end result, and possibly the most alluring feature of the teeth in a day procedure is that after completing the entire procedure in the space of a single day, patients will be able to walk out of the dental office with what is essentially a brand new smile. The stunned reactions of friends and family will definitely be gratifying, and a boost to anyone’s spirit and self-esteem.