The selected teeth are replaced with four to six implants, which are surgically placed into your jawbone. Then a custom-made, temporary bridge is fitted to the implants to support them. This bridge is usually replaced three to four months later with a long-term bridge.
In most cases, the implants and temporary bridge are fitted in one day – hence the name of the treatment. There are rare occasions when treatment can’t be completed in a day, as sometimes bone loss in the jaw means implants can’t be supported straight away.
In this case a temporary, removable denture may be placed, which isn’t attached to the implants. The bridge is then placed a few months later once the implants are fixed into the bone.
Preparing for smile in a day treatment
First, you’ll need to have an initial consultation before you start treatment to check that smile in a day is suitable for you- most adults with missing or loose teeth can have smile in a day treatment. Your dentist will carefully assess you to make sure it’s a suitable treatment.
Then you’ll need some follow-up appointments before the procedure – which involve scans and creating you an individual treatment plan. You’ll have the chance to ask any questions you might have with the dentist who will be performing your surgery.
Result in before and after photo achieved with single arch smile in a day treatment performed at Minto Dental Care, part of Bupa, by Dr Chris Chisholm.