Dental Implant Bridges
Many people with missing teeth are wearing dentures. It is a fairly common way to replace teeth and has been for some time. If you are a current dentures-wearer or considering dentures, you should know there are other options as well. Dentures work well for many people, but for other people, they can slip and fit poorly, leading to problems with speech, chewing and breathing.
What are Teeth in a Day?
Teeth in a Day, or dental implant bridges, are a great treatment option if you have missing teeth and would like to replace them with non-removable prosthetic teeth. Dentures can be a hassle for some people when they prefer to have prosthetic teeth that stay in place and are not removable.
Simply put, this procedure allows patients to have a fixed (non-removable) implant dental bridge the same day the dental implants are placed! This can be used in several ways and often without the need for sinus lifts or bone grafts. The procedure can be used for the upper arch of teeth, the lower arch, or both. The implant bridges are not removable and are securely anchored in place by 4 or more implants placed in the arches.
Am I a candidate for Teeth in a Day?
There are few limitations on these procedures with Dr. Konig. Ideally, the patient should be missing all or the majority of his or her teeth. Age is not a factor.
What are the benefits of Teeth in a Day?
For a person who has been missing all of his or her teeth, the life changes made by Teeth in a Day implants with Dr. Konig are hard to sufficiently detail. Instantly the patient can smile confidently, eat a normal diet again, speak more clearly, and feel a real boost in self-confidence.
These are the benefits associated with Teeth in a Day:
- Eat a normal, diverse diet without worrying — Because your new teeth are fully anchored into your jawbone, you can now return to a normal diet.
- Return to a confident smile — Your new teeth will function, feel, and look just like natural teeth. Your smile will be back.
- Acquire a complete set of fully functioning teeth in a short amount of time — The Teeth in a Day implant procedure takes around 2.5 hours per arch, and you will have temporary functioning teeth the same day (they will be replaced with your permanent teeth when your implants have fully healed and solidified).
- Chew and bite with confidence — Your anchored new teeth will give you a bite force with 70 percent more power than dentures.
- Teeth for life — Your four or eight implants are permanent, and your new teeth can last the rest of your life.
- Implants without painful bone grafts — If you’ve lost jawbone mass you won’t need to suffer through the bone grafting often required with traditional implants.
- Put an end to further bone loss — Your implants will now transfer bite force energy down into your jawbone. This energy triggers the jawbone to continually create new bone cells, the key to healthy bone mass.
Are there risks involved with Teeth in a Day?
These are low-risk procedures. After all, the patient has likely had some issues with gum disease and possible infections and that has led to their tooth loss and subsequent need for this procedure. Once those damaged teeth are gone and Dr. Konig has made sure you’re ready for Teeth in a Day, your oral health is already improving.
There is a risk of infection at any of the implant locations. We provide antibiotics and as long as you keep these areas clean, infection is a slight risk. There is also a risk that one or more of the implants will fail. This is usually a result of the patient being less than patient and eating hard foods that place too much stress on the implants before they are fully fused into the jawbone. As long as you follow our diet guidelines, this isn’t much of a risk. Dr. Konig’s plotting of your implant placement ensures they are placed in the strongest possible positions.
The real risk is not having Dr. Konig perform this procedure. That’s because the longer you go without teeth or with having a few severely damaged teeth the more likely you’re having to avoid many foods that are important for a healthy diet. Eating many fruits and vegetables is difficult without any teeth. Having a full mouth of implant-supported teeth will change all of that, and you’ll be able to eat a full diet again.
How do I prepare for my Teeth in a Day procedure?
Prior to the day of your procedure, Dr. Konig will have already taken a 3D scan of your jawbone and bite. He uses this imaging to plot the placement of the four dental implants to be placed on top and bottom, evaluating bone density and quality for the best placement.
You won’t need to do much to prepare for your procedure. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least two weeks prior to and after the placement of your implants, as smoking can impact healing adversely.
Dr. Konig will need to be aware of any medications you’re taking. You’ll need to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, or blood thinners for about one week to ensure against the possibility of excessive bleeding when placing the implants.
That’s about all the preparation you’ll need to do. You will need to eat a soft diet for a period of time after your Teeth in a Day surgery, so you could plan for that and purchase foods that will be easy to tolerate, such as yogurts, pasta, and the like. We’ll discuss what you should look for in your foods with you.
The Teeth in a Day Treatment Process
Dr. Konig uses the 3D CBCT scan to visualize the bone, teeth and jaws in three dimensions. This enables careful planning prior to any surgery or implant placement. All the planning and fabrication of the implant bridges are completed in advance, then the implants are inserted in the bone beneath your gums on the day of surgery.
There are many advantages to the dental implant bridge option, including:
- Dental implant bridges are very stable and secure.
- You won't have to remove the bridges for cleaning and storing like you do with dentures.
- Speaking and chewing are dramatically improved.
- No uncomfortable or awkward upper palatal portion.
Another benefit is that Dr. Konig is able to create excellent cosmetic results as well. In cases with overclosed or collapsed bites, the lower third of the face is improved, creating more youthful and proportional facial features and smiles.
This is truly a life changing procedure for patients with regards to confidence and even overall health and aesthetics!
If you are interested in the Teeth in a Day process to replace missing teeth, please contact Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF by calling 713-668-2289 to schedule a consultation in the Houston area.
What is the follow-up care after my Teeth in a Day procedure?
You will have some swelling that will usually peak about three days after your procedure. You’ll need to sleep with your head elevated above your heart and use cold compresses or ice packs for 20-minute periods.
You may have some minor bleeding at the implant sites. You can stem this by keeping your head elevated and biting down on some damp gauze. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after three hours, please call us.
Don’t brush the implant sites for at least four days after placement. Brush all the other areas of your mouth normally, but for the implant sites, wipe them with a wet cloth or gauze to remove any food particles. Waterpik also is a good idea. You’ll also use a saltwater rinse twice a day. We’ll discuss this with you.
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What is recovery like after Teeth in a Day?
After we place the implants and attach the temporary prosthesis, you will return home and allow the incisions to heal. We’ll provide pain medication, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medications, but your recovery will not involve an undue amount of pain. Your newly placed implants are delicate at this time, so a soft diet will need to be followed (but odds are you’re used to that if you’ve been missing all of your teeth). You’ll also need to avoid strenuous exercise for a couple weeks.
Your jawbone then begins to bond onto the bases of the titanium implants, growing around the implants and making them a part of the bone. This process varies by the patient, but usually takes between 3-6 months. Over this period, you’ll periodically come back to see Dr. Konig so he can check your progress and adjust your temporary bridges.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Konig Today!
To learn more about our Dental Implant procedures, please call us at 713-668-2289 or fill out the contact form below to request a consultation. Our practice is proud to serve Houston, TX and the surrounding areas.