At the Marylebone Implant Centre we are experts in the Teeth-in-a-day concept. If you are interested please ask to the implantologist in the moment of the consultation. Unfortunately it is impossible to assess if the patient is a candidate or not to the Teeth-in-a-day concept if the implantologist doesn’t make an accurate clinical evaluation of the patient during the consultation. The Teeth-in-a-day concept depends on many factors such as the presence of bone, bite of the patient and many other factors that need to be accurately investigated before the treatment starts.
For the Teeth-in-a-day concept it is important to consider the following:
While researching about dental implants patients frequently come across the concept of “Teeth in a day”. Due to the pressure of the media and competitive environment within the dental industry, sometimes patients are lead to the wrong conclusions about this concept.
Teeth in a day, is a term associated with dental implants. In some occasions patients are led to think that they can have the implant and the final porcelain crown or bridge fitted in the same day, but that is not the case, ever. Teeth in a day means that in the day when the implantologist places the implant he will be able to fit a temporary set of acrylic teeth on top of the implants, straight away.
What is also relevant to mention is that in order to create that temporary set of acrylic teeth or tooth, the patient should attend one or more appointments before the implants are placed in order for the dentist to take impressions and measurements, that will be passed to the lab, in order for them to create that set of temporary teeth.
The set of acrylic temporary teeth of the Teeth-in-a-day protocol will stay in the mouth of the patient from the moment when the implants are placed until the implants are healed (integrated) and ready to be restored, which takes in average 3 to 6 months.
In what situations can we utilize the protocol of Teeth-in-a-day?
It is also important to mention that in order to hold the fixed set of temporary acrylic teeth the Dental implants must be very stable at the moment of the placement and therefore we need to have good and dense bone. For the same reason, usually, if the patient doesn’t have enough bone and requires a bone graft or a sinus lift, those patients are not candidates to the “Teeth-in-a-day” protocol because in those cases is usually not possible to ensure a good implant stability. These patients may still be candidates to have dental place, but not to have fixed temporary teeth fitted after the implants are placed, and in these cases another type of temporary teeth should be proposed to the patient. In the Marylebone Implant Centre, we never let how patients to walk around without teeth.
Usually the Teeth-in-a-day protocol is mostly utilized if the patient is receiving a full set of implants in one or both jaws. The Teeth-in-a-day protocol is indeed a very old protocol and a good way to stabilize the Dental implants in these situations. In this case (full set of implants), because the temporary set of teeth will go from one side of the jaw to the other side across a curve (the jaw has a curved shape), this will help to stabilize even better the implant. It is also important to mention that because the temporary set of teeth is made of acrylic the patient should follow a soft diet during the time period when the temporary teeth are inside the mouth (in average about 3 to 6 months).
The other common situation when we use the Teeth-in-a-day protocol is when we have to extract a front tooth. In those situations, if the patient has enough bone but the tooth needs to be extracted, the implantologist may be able to fit a temporary crown on top of the implant straight after the implant is placed. This means that the patient will walk inside the surgery with his own tooth and leave the surgery with a dental implant and a fixed temporary tooth replacing it.
- From an emotional point of view, there is nothing worst than having a tooth, or all our teeth extracted. Therefore if we can place implants immediately and fit a fixed temporary set of teeth, this will help to build up the patient confidence and self esteem, as the patient will be able to walk away from the surgery with fixed teeth avoid the stigma of dentures.
- By having a fixed temporary set of fixed teeth the implantologist is able to condition and prepare the tissues surrounding the implants (gum and bone) faster, decreasing the overall tie of the treatment plan.
- Technique sensitive
- Represent extra cost to the patient
- As the temporary set of teeth is made of acrylic, occasionally the set of temporary teeth suffer small fractures that can be repaired by the dentist – but nevertheless represent extra visits to the dentist.