Teeth-in-a-day is done routinely in our oral surgery office thanks to our fully functional in-house dental lab and great support from restorative dentists.
We believe in the team approach to make teeth in a day a reality for so many patients. In fact, there are specific cases in which the general dentist and laboratory technician are in our office when we are doing a teeth-in-a-day procedure. This process involves some pre-surgical planning with the general dentist and the laboratory. We have set up in our office a dental lab to facilitate the laboratory technician’s work in our office on the day of surgery.
I will place the dental implants in the patient’s upper lower jaws—sometimes in both jaws, and at that same appointment, the general dentist will then take the impressions for the provisional appliance that the laboratory technician will prepare in the office for placement immediately after the surgery. This process has revolutionized the way dental implants are provided, because patients leave the office with teeth that are fully functional and aesthetically pleasing.
The dental laboratory technician takes a denture that the patient has been wearing, and converts that to a fixed restoration that the general dentist will place in the patient’s mouth immediately after the implants are placed. In other words, the laboratory technician has to convert a prior removable denture into the restoration that can be fixed to the implants at the time of surgery.
The result is that patient will leave here with a provisional appliance in place on dental implants that were placed that same day. This protocol in my office allows the best team approach possible in that you have the surgeon, general dentist and laboratory technician working as a team to provide an immediate restoration to the patient that otherwise would not be possible. This immediate or temporary restoration looks great and functions very well, and patients are happy to leave with teeth. This provisional remains in place until the final restoration is fabricated and placed.
If you would like to know more about teeth-in-day procedures, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email.
Dr. Leonard Spector