Teeth In A Day
New Bedford, Falmouth, & Hyannis, MA
Dentures, and how they fit in your mouth, now come with options. We can set your full arch denture with dental implants for a permanent hold. The “teeth in a day” system utilizes implants to reestablish the connection with the bone, which we can then secure your denture device. This will provide you with a firmly fitted denture that stays where it belongs, in your mouth. At Center for Advanced Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we can help you have new, permanent teeth that can be fabricated on site, in our office. Once healed, your new teeth will not rock, come loose, and you will be able to resume chewing your regular diet with confidence. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team and learn more about restoring missing teeth with dental implants.
Missing teeth causes a cascade of frustration. It will deteriorate your bone health, force changes to your diet, it can even modify your speech. Traditional loose fitting dentures helped, but offered only minimal benefit. The advancement of dental implants has greatly improved the wearing of a full arch dental bridge or denture device. Depending on the work being done, we can discuss various implant treatment options, including the “teeth in a day” restoration known as the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
Restoring missing teeth with dental implants is different from other restoration methods. A dental implant is not a tooth, but a device that we use to serve as a new tooth root. The implant is made of titanium and is designed with a threaded end that we sink into your bone. Once healed, the implant will serve as a firm post in your mouth that we can use to secure various prosthodontics to. The All-on-4® Treatment Concept uses specific implants designed for this treatment.
All-on-4® Treatment Concept
The All-on-4 Treatment Concept is the combination of implants that are designed to capture thicker bone, and a full arch denture. Your denture, crowns and pontics, can be customized and fabricated on site in our office.
Though the surgical placement of implants and dentures is completed in one day, the real work is in the planning. Treatment begins with a dental exam. We will want to review the health of any remaining teeth, evaluate your available jaw bone mass, and review digital radiography of your oral structure. Sometimes some preliminary restorative work needs to be completed including gaining control of gum disease, removing unhealthy teeth, or improving the density of available bone. All-on-4 is a unique treatment, it utilizes implants that are longer in length, designed to be placed at an angle where it will embed into thicker bone.
Teeth in a Day Surgical Procedure
The teeth in a day procedure is generally completed in our office. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is completed with a local anesthetic, which may be combined with a conscious sedative. On the day of surgery, we will already have completed any preliminary work including the creation of a treatment map indicating the precise location that the implants will be placed. We will also already have your temporary full arch bridge created.
With the patient comfortable, we can then proceed. The tissue is cut to reveal the bone, we then use a specialized dental drill to create the needed space in the bone as planned before surgery. With the space created, the implants are then surgically embedded into the bone. You should not feel any discomfort but you may be aware of the pressure. Once the implants are in place, we can then place the temporary full arch bridge and close the tissue with sutures.
Following treatment, we will send you home with post surgical information, including symptoms to be aware of that may indicate infection. If you experience any unusual symptoms including excessive bleeding, swelling or fever, we ask that you seek medical treatment right away. You will wear the temporary denture while the bone heals, which takes considerably longer than gum tissue healing. We will want to check your healing progress but full healing can take several months.
Who is a Candidate?
The All-on-4, teeth in a day treatment is a surgical restoration that is available to many of our patients, even our more medically delicate patients. When considering candidacy, we evaluate how well the patient is able to heal. Being able to heal at a reasonable rate is necessary. There are several factors that can decrease your ability to heal properly, including certain medications, medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer treatment, and lifestyle choices such as smoking tobacco or marijuana. None of the factors necessarily eliminate candidacy, but we may need to discuss changes with you or your primary physician before surgery can be completed.
It is important to discuss any and all medical information with us prior to surgery, even if it seems irrelevant to your mouth. Restorations with dental implants have a very high rate of long term success.