Who Is a Candidate for Teeth in a Day?
The term ‘teeth in a day’ is self-explanatory. It refers to dental procedures that replace lost teeth during a single visit to the dentist.
Implants are the main dental restoration that is used to replace lost teeth during a single dental visit. The process is termed teeth in a day, and it is typically reserved for patients with adequate bone tissue to safely hold the prosthetic in place.
The way that conventional implants work is the patient has to come in for separate visits during which implants, abutments and crowns are placed in three separate procedures that are spaced over many weeks.
How candidates are screened for teeth in a day
When a patient sees their dentist for tooth replacement, they have to go through a comprehensive exam. The evaluation will determine the kind of tooth replacement treatment that will work best given the patient’s dental needs. A person that is unwilling or unable to go through dental implant surgery might get a less permanent – and typically less convenient – replacement for their lost teeth.
As the dentist evaluates their patient for teeth in a day, they will be on the lookout for:
1. Great bone density in the area with missing teeth
Dental implants must be anchored by the jawbone. For the installation of the implant to be successful, the jawbone has to be solid enough for the implant to be firmly held in place by bone tissue. Anything less, and the patient runs the risk of a failed implant.
Patients who lack the necessary bone tissue might need to get bone grafts and recover from the treatment before getting implants.
2. Great oral health
A good candidate for same-day implants should have excellent oral health. If the dentist finds that their patient has gum disease or some other dental problem, they will need to treat these problems first.
3. Great overall health
A dentist will also evaluate the overall health of their patient. Implants require minor oral surgery, so the dentist will make sure that their patient is free of health conditions that may complicate the treatment.
Patients who have any of these conditions should be cleared by their doctor before getting implants:
- High blood pressure
- Health conditions that affect the immune system
Patient’s should also inform the dentist about any medication they are taking.
4. No history of teeth grinding
The dentist will also be on the lookout for worn, fractured and stressed teeth. A person who clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth does not qualify for teeth in a day. They would likely dislodge their implant as they bite down and grind their newly installed teeth together. That can damage the implant, leading to implant failure.
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