Tooth loss is a prevalent problem even in light of significant improvements in oral care. There are several reasons why teeth may fail, suffer disease, or fall out. As much as possible, we try to prevent this from happening by providing our patients a high level of ongoing dental care. At the same time, we realize that it is necessary to offer services that revolve around tooth replacement. More so, we recognize the value of long-term solutions like dental implants.
Dental implant treatment first made an appearance in the 1950s, when research revealed detailed information about the bone tissue beneath teeth. When a titanium post was inserted into the jawbone, bone cells would adhere to it. The process, referred to as osseointegration, took time but led to lasting results in tooth replacement. From that time on, we have seen the methods of dental implant technique become more and more refined. Today, we’ve got the ability to replace a full arch, or full mouth, of teeth in a single visit.
Too Good to be True
If there was ever a situation that seemed too good to be true, it might be this one. To visit your dentist with teeth that are diseased and painful and leave with a whole new smile? That even sounds impossible to us! Let’s look at how Teeth in a Day is an absolute possibility.
Teeth in a Day is one of several all-on-4 dental implant techniques. It was developed to accommodate the needs of patients with less bone density and also to facilitate comfortable healing and convenience for the patient. No one likes the idea of having no teeth while implants integrate into bone tissue. Wearing dentures during this time may be tolerable, but not ideal.
The way that this technique can work is by planning the process step-by-step. Before treatment day, when teeth are removed and implants placed, thorough prep-work is performed. The mouth is measured, impressions may be taken, x-rays may be used as guides for the placement of dental implants and fabrication of the new full-arch bridge. This preparation begins weeks before tooth extraction. Then, on the Big Day, we can transform the overall structure of the mouth with very little complexity. Teeth are removed; implants are situated, and a new bridge is attached. Because a small amount of swelling may occur and minor bone loss may occur, a follow-up is usually scheduled about six months after treatment to assess the fit of the new bridge. If necessary, adjustments may be made to support long-term stability.
Dr. Goldberg has obtained years of additional dental training with a focus on dental implants. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and performs some unique implant techniques. To learn more, call our Succasunna office at (973) 328-1225.