With the Teeth-in-a-Day procedure, you can have your implant surgery completed and walk out of the office that day with attractive, functional teeth. This popular restorative option replaces an entire arch of teeth using four implants, giving you a brilliant new smile in just a few appointments. It is suitable for patients with extensive tooth loss who are fairly healthy. Here are before and after photos of a patient of Dr. Steinberg. This patient had a complete smile restoration with All-on-4 dental implants.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Steinberg will discuss your needs and treatment goals. Then he will take x-rays, photos, and digital impressions of your mouth. The laboratory will use the images and Dr. Steinberg’s guidance to create your new teeth.
Next, Dr. Steinberg will extract any remaining unrestorable teeth from your mouth before inserting new root forms. For each arch of teeth, you will need four implants: two in the front of your mouth and two further back. How is it possible to support an entire arch of teeth with only four implants? Dr. Steinberg will insert the rear implants at an angle. This tiny act of engineering increases the resistance to displacement and lets Teeth-in-a-Day restore your bite strength so you can eat any food you want, no matter how chewy or crunchy.
Dr. Steinberg has been performing implant surgery since 1986 and has training and experience selecting the best implant location and ensuring it’s well supported by bone. One advantage of All-on-4 implants is they work well in patients who’ve already had some jawbone atrophy, avoiding the need for costly bone grafts that take months to heal.
Many patients tolerate implant surgery with only novocain, but Dr. Steinberg also offers oral and IV sedation to make you more comfortable.
Immediately after your surgery, Dr. Steinberg will attach temporary teeth to the new implants. You’ll leave our office with a beautiful, secure new smile. After a healing period of 3 months or so, it will be time to attach your permanent denture to the implants.
Preserving Your Jaw with Dental Implants
When you lose teeth, your body senses that your jawbone no longer has to support them. That’s because the presence of teeth sends a piezoelectric signal to your jaw. When that signal is gone, your body resorbs the minerals to use them elsewhere in your body. This is a natural process, but it’s not helpful if you want to maintain your physical appearance and ability to chew.
To preserve your jawbone and restore your smile, Dr. Steinberg can insert titanium posts at the site of the missing teeth. The posts mimic tooth roots and their piezoelectric signaling. They tell your body the jawbone is still needed. When someone has been without teeth for a long time, you can see it in their face even when their mouth is closed. Over time, their cheeks sink inward, and the vertical distance between their upper and lower jaws shrinks. This can make the patient look much older than their age.
Wearing dentures increases the pace of these changes because they put pressure on the gums and the jawbone’s surface. Sometimes long-term denture wearers will develop a jawbone so thin and sharp that wearing any denture is painful or impossible. Once the jawbone has atrophied to that point, treatment options are few and expensive. Dental implants prevent this bone loss and help you look healthy and attractive.
Designing a New Smile
Creating a new arch of teeth is technologically challenging because if they’re not the exact right size and shape, they can cause the following problems:
- Inability to completely close the mouth
- Insufficient vertical height, resulting in overclosure of the jaws and possible TMJ pain
- Teeth that catch on your lips or tongue as you speak
- Headaches and jaw tension
- An unnatural or unflattering smile
Whether you have been hiding decaying teeth when you speak or putting up with dentures that don’t fit well, Teeth-in-a-Day can give you the confidence you felt with healthy, natural teeth. If you’d like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Steinberg to discuss your treatment needs, please call our office at 520-886-3003. You can also fill out this form, and we will call you.
Click here to read about Barbara’s experience getting Teeth-in-a-Day from Dr. Steinberg, and to see a video of her testimonial.