Teeth-in-a-day dental implants can fill the gaps in your grin, giving you a natural-looking, beautiful smile.
Dental implants are widely considered to be the premier method of tooth replacement, and millions are successfully placed every year. Most are standard implants, which require a series of procedures over the course of several months.
With the teeth-in-a-day process, however, getting new replacement teeth takes just four simple steps, and you’ll walk out of the oral surgeon’s office with your beautiful smile restored!
Step No. 1: Tooth Extraction
If a damaged tooth cannot be restored — i.e., it has a fracture that goes below the gumline or advanced decay — the oral surgeon must extract it first. When our doctors perform a tooth extraction as a part of the teeth-in-a-day dental implant process, they do it with the goal of minimizing disturbance of the socket and surrounding tissues.
Step No. 2: Dental Implant Placement
After the tooth extraction, the oral surgeon inserts a titanium dental implant post into the empty socket and stabilizes it with bone grafting material. The doctor then places a small metal abutment, or connector piece, which keeps the crown attached to the titanium post.
Step No. 3: Temporary Crown Placement
Next, the oral surgeon places a temporary crown on the abutment.
The temporary crown is typically a little smaller than the permanent version will be. The purpose of this is to protect the dental implant as it heals and prevent the new replacement tooth from touching the other teeth during jaw movement.
Fortunately, the smaller size is hardly noticeable. In fact, all anyone will see is your beautiful smile.
Step No. 4: Permanent Crown Placement
After a month or two of healing, the oral surgeon will replace the temporary crown with a permanent replacement tooth. The permanent dental implant crown is designed to be a perfect match in size, shape and color to your natural teeth.
Are Teeth-in-a-Day Dental Implants Right for You?
Most people are good candidates for standard dental implant surgery, but not everyone is a good candidate for the teeth-in-a-day procedure.
For stability, implants must be placed in healthy, supportive jawbone tissue. If you have bone loss in the jaw, you may need an extra procedure — a simple bone graft — before getting dental implants. A graft needs time to heal before implant surgery can take place, so your process may take a little more than a day or two.
Whether you choose standard dental implants or teeth-in-a-day, you’ll score a beautiful smile that looks and feels completely natural. And with proper care, your new replacement teeth will last a lifetime.
The board-certified oral surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, with locations in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele, specialize in jawbone health and tooth restoration. Let us help restore your beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation for standard dental implant surgery or teeth-in-a-day dental implants.