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The “Teeth in a Day” Fallacy
One of the most important and controversial subjects we deal with on an almost daily basis in our Littleton office, and about which we’ve written repeatedly here at the Dental Health Blog, is the idea that you can get your teeth replaced in a single visit – or – that you can get new “teeth in a day”.
This is important not just because of the time involved with almost any tooth replacement therapy, but also because of the expense involved. Dental implants for tooth replacement requires a relatively high up-front investment; yet are a wonderful alternative to dentures because of their effectiveness and durability; they can literally last a lifetime.
Yet, by the very definition of the word “implant”, where a titanium screw is placed in your jaw to support your new teeth, it must be understood that this process involves dental surgery, which requires time to heal. As with any surgery, the healing process takes time. For example, there will be swelling within your mouth that must recede before your permanent prosthetic teeth can be set on your implants.
The notion that this can be avoided is simply not true and, while we can certainly set you up with a temporary prosthetic while you heal from the implant surgery, there will be a follow-up visit or two required to ensure that the new teeth you wanted have been fabricated and set in place properly – that they fit and are comfortable for the long term.
In other words, due the need to heal from surgery and the time required to fabricate prosthetic teeth, only a very few patients will ever be able to enjoy a real “teeth in a day” experience with dental implants.
This is not to discourage you from considering dental implants as the most effective tooth replacement therapy for you but, rather, to give you a realistic expectation of what is involved.
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