At the Dental Health Blog, we credit the interest in teeth in a day replacement therapy to the massive radio and TV advertising campaign currently being run by a national franchise operation of dental implant offices. Frankly, this advertising is distressing, and not a little misleading.
While it is possible to replace a mouthful of teeth in one visit – for a relatively small number of patients – it is also a temporary fix.
Problems with “Teeth in a day” Replacement Therapies
Many of the patients visit who our Littleton dental implants office are tired of losing teeth or frustrated with poorly fitted dentures. While they would like a more permanent solution, they are often looking for a “quick fix” to their tooth loss problems.
Many times, they’ve seen multiple advertisements about “Teeth in a day” tooth replacements on TV, and are hoping we can provide this service. Believe me, it’s just as frustrating for us to tell them the ads are not accurate and that, in most cases, this is simply not realistic.
The placing of dental implants is considered a surgical procedure, as the titanium implant must be inserted into the jaw bone. As with any surgery, the body must be allowed to heal for the procedure to become a long-term solution. Healing takes time, of course, and time must be allowed for the healing process before your new, permanent teeth can be affixed to your implants.
What Really Happens with Dental Implants
So yes, we can place temporary caps or dentures on your new implants, giving you serviceable replacement teeth in a single visit. However, we must also be patient and allow your mouth the time required for the healing process to take place. Once your mouth is completely healed, usually within 4-6 months, we can affix your permanent tooth replacements to your new titanium implants.
The advertising you’ve been seeing on television lately is part of a huge national advertising camping for a chain of dental implant offices who offer a single, high-profit tooth replacement therapy – dental implants. By offering only one therapy, they can reduce expenses and training for their techs, boosting the profitability of the procedure to abnormal levels.
As your Littleton dental implants specialist, we are not a “one-size-fits-all” prosthodontic office. Instead, we offer a range of tooth replacement therapies, with the singular goal of offering you the best possible solution to your tooth loss dilemma.
For dental implants in Colorado, Dr. Maroney and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.