Traditionally, having a full set of teeth replaced was a long and arduous process, involving many visits to the dental surgery and an unpleasant amount of pain and discomfort. There are times, however, when no other treatment is truly relevant and, in the past, this entailed processes such as multiple implants or the wearing of dentures. Whilst dentures were acceptable up to a point, there’s simply no escaping the fact that they were often ill-fitting or loose, which could cause irritation, pain, difficulty eating certain foods and a tendency to come loose in a frankly embarrassing manner. Add to this the fact that dentures could have a negative effect upon the speaking voice of the patient, and it’s clear that this was a less than completely satisfactory course of action. The good news, however, is that the world of dentistry has moved on rapidly in recent years, and the latest treatments are capable of replacing a full set of teeth during the course of a single trip to the surgery, using a technique based around careful pre-planning and the placing of four or more individual implants. Known as all on 4 dental implants, the treatment minimises the pain of having teeth replaced whilst achieving results which look fantastic, are long lasting and allow the patient to get on with the rest of their life completely confident in the impression their smile is creating. Same day teeth treatment is intended for people who have either lost all their teeth – through accident or decay for example – or who are in danger of doing so. The majority of people given the treatment fall into this latter category, and the factor which is putting their teeth at risk is usually gum disease. Periodontal disease, to give it its’ technical name, is a condition which first attacks the gums, leaving them swollen, painful and inflamed, and then attacks the very bone in which the teeth are anchored. When the bone of the jaw has been affected in this manner, the patients’ teeth will become loose and mobile, and once this has reached a certain point, no treatment can save the teeth, meaning they have to be removed and replaced. Know who is suitable for the treatment Sadly, not all patients are suitable candidates for this treatment, since it depends upon there being sufficient bone in the jaw for the implant to be held solidly in place. In some cases however, such as when patients have lost their teeth at an early age or have suffered a particularly chronic case of gum disease, the bone has been too badly eroded for the implants to take hold, and the standard treatment can’t be offered. It may be possible to supplement the patient’s own bone with either artificial bone or with genuine bone taken from another part of the body and grafted onto the jaw, but this will mean the treatment time has to be extended by several months as the graft takes hold. It should also be noted that a smile in a day dentist will warn patients who smoke that doing so increases the risk of any implants failing. Difference between Same Day Teeth treatment and more conventional methods The conventional treatment used when replacing a set of teeth is the fitting of a set of dentures. These dentures – a row of artificial teeth – will be created using a mould taken from the existing teeth. Once these teeth have been removed from the gums, the dentures can then be attached. This is referred to as an ‘immediate replacement denture’ and, as the name suggests, takes place immediately after the patient’s own teeth have been removed. The drawback of this technique lies in the fact that the dentist has to create the dentures using a mould which is taken when the patients’ teeth are still in place. Because of this fact, the dentist will have to make an estimate of the actual gum profile once the teeth have been taken out. Since no such estimate could ever be a hundred per cent correct, this tended to result in dentures which were ill fitting, difficult to wear and actually uncomfortable. Pain during the procedure Whilst the procedure is being carried out, the patient will have been administered with local anaesthetic which will ensure that there is no pain whatsoever. Following the procedure, during the healing process, there may be some swelling and discomfort, but only to a degree which can be tackled by taking over the counter painkillers such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. Time Period The length of time the procedure takes will vary from patient to patient, dependent upon factors such as the number of individual teeth to be replaced and the implants required to hold these teeth in place. Generally speaking, treatment, from start to finish, should last for between 2 to 6 hours per jaw. Success rate for the treatment Provided you attend a clinic at which the dentist is experienced in delivering such treatment and plans it extremely carefully before actually taking any action, the success rate for this kind of treatment should be virtually 100%. Already, thousands of patents all around the world have had their smiles and lives transformed following just a single trip to their dentist. If you’d like to have your smile perfected and experience the sense of relaxed confidence which comes with knowing what a fantastic impression your teeth are making on everyone you interact with, then book an appointment with your dentist today and find out if the treatment would be suitable for you. Your dentist will outline the course of treatment in detail, including exactly what kind of results you can expect and vital details such as how much smile in a day implants cost.