Elizabethtown patients who are missing teeth may be looking for a way to restore their smile. One of the most effective options is dental implants, but these can be costly if the patient gets an implant for each missing tooth. An alternative option is teeth in a day, which utilizes only four implants to give the patient an entire arch of replacement teeth. Our doctors can perform the procedure in just one session, meaning patients walk into the office with no teeth and out of the office with a glamorous smile.
What Are Teeth in a Day?
Teeth in a day is a revolutionary new way for patients to restore an entire upper or lower arch without needing a dental implant for each tooth. The system works by using only four implants to support the entire row of teeth. Since these implants are inserted at an angle and pushed deep into the jaw, they provide a secure and solid base for the replacement teeth.
Benefits of Having Teeth in a Day
There are numerous benefits to having the teeth in a day procedure. Perhaps the most obvious is that patients can walk into our Elizabethtown office with a gummy grin and emerge with a fully functional row of teeth. These new teeth will help them eat, speak, and drink better, giving them more self-confidence and helping them improve their nutrition. Teeth in a day are worth it for the aesthetic benefits alone, as the new teeth will be straight and sparkling white.
How do teeth in a day compare to other methods of tooth replacement? When compared to dentures, teeth in a day are better because they:
- Stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and preserving the facial profile.
- Cannot be removed from the mouth.
- Won’t slip or slide over time like dentures.
- Can be cleaned just like ordinary teeth.
What to Expect With Teeth in a Day
While the teeth in a day process can be completed in a single visit, the patient will still need an initial consultation as well as follow-up visits to ensure the mouth is healing and to place the permanent teeth. Overall, the process may take several months from start to finish after accounting for the healing time involved.
On the actual day of the procedure, patients will arrive at our Elizabethtown office and be made comfortable with anesthetics or sedatives. After the patient is sufficiently unconscious, our doctors will begin by placing the implants. After the implants are secure, they will attach the temporary teeth to the implants. These teeth will eventually be replaced by a permanent denture once the mouth heals.
Who Qualifies for Teeth in a Day?
Not everyone qualifies for teeth in a day. Patients will need to have enough bone in their jaw to support the implants. If they don’t, our doctors may be able to perform bone grafts to increase bone density and provide enough of a base to insert the implants. Our doctors will be able to check bone density levels using 3-D scanning at the initial consultation at our Elizabethtown office. That being said, teeth in a day do not require as much bone density as standard dental implants, meaning most patients are eligible for this procedure without any need to rebuild bone tissue.
Additionally, patients who want teeth in a day can’t have any teeth remaining in the arch that’s going to be replaced. This means that if there are teeth still in the jaw, they will have to be pulled before the implants can be placed. Luckily, this can all be done during the same procedure.
Recovery From Teeth in a Day
Recovering from the teeth in a day procedure is much like recovering from any dental surgery. Patients will need to stick to a soft or liquid foods diet for a few weeks so their jaw can heal. There may be some swelling or discomfort, but this can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. To ensure everything is healing smoothly, patients will have to return to our Elizabethtown office for a few follow-up appointments.
Get Teeth in a Day With the Help of Our Elizabethtown Doctors
Flash that perfect smile you’ve always wanted when you choose teeth in a day. In just a few short hours, you can transform your mouth into a picture-perfect smile fit for a movie star.
To learn more about how the process works, call us today at (270) 769-3306 to schedule your initial consultation at our Elizabethtown office.