On surgery day, the oral surgeon will provide sedation, remove any remaining teeth, and precisely place your dental implants. Dr. Raymond or a lab technician will be on-site to then attach your temporary denture to those implants. This is all achieved in a 2-4 hour surgery. When you awake, your new fixed denture is in place and you can begin enjoying it immediately, hence the name “teeth in a day.”
It is important to note that there are restrictions while you heal, including chewing only soft foods and special care for keeping your new fixed teeth and implants clean for a speedy recovery. Typical healing time before moving to the final implant dentures is 4 months.
Once implants have fully integrated and you’ve been given clearance by the oral surgeon to proceed, we begin the process of creating a second, permanent set of dentures. While most patients are completely happy with their temporary dentures, they are designed for long-term wear. The final prosthesis is reinforced with a custom titanium framework which adds strength so you can resume chewing normal foods. Other options for improved strength include porcelain teeth vs. traditional acrylic denture teeth, and increased esthetic options for a hyper-realistic appearance not achievable with temporary materials. This also allows us to refine the appearance, tooth position, color, shape, and size of the teeth and the position of pink gum tissue for a completely natural appearance. At appointment, we will take an impression of your gums and the exposed portion of the implants to send to the dental lab.
Once your dentures are ready, we will attach them to the implants and secure them in place. You will be able to enjoy a beautiful new smile that looks natural and allows you to eat and speak without worrying about your dentures slipping, rubbing, moving, or falling out.
It is important to remember that a procedure like this does not mean you are done seeing the dentist. We recommend regular visits every 3-6 months where we will remove the dentures to clean and reattach them. However, some implant denture designs allow you to remove them at night for cleaning, allowing for more time between recare visits. Though less frequent, other maintenance is to be expected including the replacement or repair of worn denture teeth and pink acrylic. This will be determined by how you care for your dentures and if you grind or wear your teeth. Much like replacing worn tires on your car, sometimes we need to “retread” your denture.