Teeth-in-a-Day is a concept that is very appealing to consumers. Who wouldn’t want their procedure completed all in one day? However, this is somewhat misleading, as the entire process takes more than one day. Basically, what happens is that the patient has an initial consultation and a 3D CAT scan. Virtual planning software is used to design the entire case on models, including implant placement and the design of the replacement teeth. This technology enables the doctors to place the dental implants and the replacement teeth the same day; however, the entire process takes more than one day, due to the treatment planning steps between the initial consultation and the actual procedure.
The advertising claims implying that traditional methods of implant treatment are outdated, more expensive, take longer and require more procedures are intended only to “sell” the procedure. The message is effective and people are interested in immediate gratification. But since this procedure is not for everyone, experienced specialists evaluate factors that determine whether patients are good candidates for teeth-in-a-day, such as bone quality and quantity and the prognosis for remaining teeth, before developing personalized treatment plans and discussing all treatment alternatives. This comprehensive, individualized approach to treatment planning is important for patients to be able to make informed decisions about their options.