Teeth in a Day

The Arvanitis Way!

Not all Teeth in a Day procedures are the same. There are a few things the patient needs to know about before they commit to having this procedure done.


What is Teeth in a Day?

There has been a lot of hype regarding Teeth in a Day. At its most basic, Teeth in a Day, is simply all about what kind of teeth you will wear while your implants are healing.

Dental implants take about 3-6 months of healing before they are ready for the final prosthesis to be made. This is because it takes time for the bone to heal around them and for the gums to mature after all that surgery. Traditionally while we were waiting for everything to heal the patient had no choice but to wear a  removable plastic denture during this  healing period. This can be painful as  the denture is sitting on top of a surgical site, as well as not very functional or aesthetic. Loose dentures that are painful to eat on are not exactly confidence inspiring. It was something that people just had to put up with because there was no other way.

Teeth in a Day has changed all that. Now, you can have the teeth removed, the implants placed and temporary teeth attached to the implants right away. No more dentures during the healing phase.

Obviously this is a very complicated, advanced procedure as there is a lot going on in a very short amount of time. Teeth have to be removed with the bone around those teeth preserved. Implants need to go into the correct position. Just doing this much is extremely advanced. Now we also have to get a whole arch of teeth fitted into the correct position for your smile and fitting into a proper bite to allow you to function properly. You definitely need a surgeon who is an expert in both surgery and prosthetics with implants to be able to pull this off. This is why very few dentists are even able to offer this procedure at all.

The Procedure

  1. Measurements are taken before the surgery and used to pre-fabricate the temporary teeth, assess for bone volume and positioning of the implants, whether or not bone reconstruction will be required and a myriad of other factors.
  2. On surgery day, the teeth will be removed, the implants will be placed into precisely the correct positions, bone reconstructed as necessary, and the temporary teeth will be fitted.
  3. After 3-6 months of healing, construction of the final prosthesis will begin.

Teeth in a Day- The Arvanitis Way!

Commonly used All on 4

Not all Teeth in a Day procedures are the same. There are a few things the patient needs to know about before they commit to having this procedure done.

1. How many implants will be used?

Many practitioners in an effort to cut costs use a technique called “All on 4”. They use 4 implants to hold up the teeth. This is the minimum number of implants required. We have a saying in the industry- All on 4- none on 3. What this means is that if anything happens to any of those implants, then the remaining implants will not be enough to hold the prosthesis and you go back to wearing a denture.

Dr. Arvanitis plans all his cases with 6 implants but keeps his fee the same or less than others who plan with 4. Dr. Arvanitis firmly believes that cutting corners on the foundation is not a recipe for long term success.

2. What material is the temporary prosthesis made from? Teeth in a Day’s terrible little secret.

This section will describe to you the most important difference between Dr. Arvanitis’ technique and what the rest of the entire Teeth in a Day industry is doing. There are 2 materials/methods that your temporary bridge can be made from- Converted Acrylic Dentures or Milled PMMA. Let’s begin with what the industry standard technique is using for the temporary “Teeth in a Day” teeth.

Converted Acrylic Dentures.

First of all you need to understand what a denture is. A denture is made from a set of individual, pre fabricated acrylic teeth that are set in a pink plastic resin base. The teeth are factory made and come in different sizes, shapes and colours. Most importantly they are individual and not joined together in any way. These teeth are then set into the pink resin base. It is this resin base that holds them all together. If the base wasn’t there then the teeth would just be a pile of teeth on the counter.

The temporary teeth are first set up as a full denture. During the surgery, once the teeth have been removed and the implants have been placed, special posts, called abutments, are fitted to the implants. The temporary denture has holes pre-drilled into it corresponding to where the implants and their abutments will be. The denture is then fitted and glued onto these abutments. Once set, the abutments are unscrewed from the implants and the denture is removed. This is then “converted” into a temporary bridge by cutting off the excess plastic from the denture. This converted denture is then re-attached to the implants and voila- “Teeth in a Day”.

Awesome right? Not so fast.

Remember I said that a denture needs that pink base in order to hold all the teeth together? Picture for a moment that you have your teeth. And at the edge of your teeth are your gums. Now remove the teeth. The gums are still where they used to be. Now let’s add the denture on top of those gums- we have 5 mm of pink resin base and then the teeth. Picture that pink resin sitting right where your teeth used to be, and then the teeth sitting down 5 mm lower than where they used to be. Do you think that would look correct? Smile and picture it. Instead of seeing teeth you now see gums and then teeth. Obviously this wouldn’t look or function correctly. SO- how do they fix this apparent conundrum?

By removing half a centimeter of your jaw bone! Yes, you understood this correctly. This is “Teeth in a Day’s” terrible little secret- they mutilate your jaw without telling you and you end up with a prosthesis that is difficult to keep clean.

Instead of just having a set of teeth you end up with a set of teeth with a thick base that moves the junction line of the prosthesis and your remaining gums, way up under your lips making it hard to keep clean.

Dr. Arvanitis’ Teeth in a Day is Different.
Technology to the Rescue! Milled PMMA

A few years ago, together with my lab, I figured out a way to make temporary teeth a different way.

No denture.
No conversion.
No bone reduction required.

Instead of taking a denture and converting it into a temporary bridge, we actually CAD/CAM mill an entire bridge in one piece. With my technique it is possible to to make a temporary bridge that is just teeth, as the teeth are carved out of a solid block of very strong PMMA- poly methyl methacrylate. These teeth are not made from individual teeth held together by a resin base. They are made as one piece and therefore do
not need the base. Since I don’t need a base, I don’t need to make room for a base and therefore I do not need to cut away any bone. Picture my temporary teeth. You lose your teeth. Gums are still where they were. My teeth fit into the space where your teeth used to be. Teeth replacing teeth!

Now this is easy to take care of. No ledges to catch food when you eat. Easily accessible for cleaning. AND best of all I don’t turn your mouth into that of an 80 year old denture wearer.

3. What is the final prosthesis made of?

And finally we come to the final prosthesis. There are 2 materials being used today for fabricating the final prosthesis- fixed acrylic dentures and fixed CAD/CAM milled porcelain bridges. The one used by most dentists offering Teeth in a Day is a fixed metal reinforced denture. Once again just like the temporary teeth, the final bridge is made from denture materials. Why? Because it is easy, and cost efficient- meaning more profitable. Now don’t get me wrong, these dentures look great and work very well. They just aren’t the best we have. Denture teeth are made of plastic and they will wear out and discolour in time. They are also not very strong and have a tendency to break when attached to implants as the chewing forces are much stronger with implants than without. This is why the final denture has a metal frame in it- it would crack without it. In my practice my standard prosthesis is the milled Zirconia porcelain bridge. It is a much stronger and longer lasting material and I offer it as my standard prosthesis at the same cost as what others offer their patients the denture option for.

So to summarize:
The standard technique:

  1. Temporary teeth are made from a converted denture with bone reduction and mutilation.
  2. Final prosthesis is metal reinforced plastic denture on 4 implants.
  3. Teeth with prosthetic gums = Hard to clean.

Dr. Arvanitis technique:

  1.  Milled PMMA temporary bridge with no bone reduction.
  2. Final prosthesis is a milled Zirconia porcelain bridge on 6 implants.
  3. Teeth with your gums = Easy to clean.
  4. Same fee or less.

Your choice!
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