TDC Smile in a Day Dental Implant Procedure and Process
With TDC Smile in a Day same-day dental implants there are three simple stages to regaining fully functioning teeth and your beautiful new smile, so this page lets you know what to expect at each step along the way.
Step One – Consultation, Analysis and Planning
Your initial consultation will be held at one of our three UK-based dental implant centres that are conveniently located in Harley Street in London, Peterborough in Cambridgeshire and Folkestone in Kent.
This is your chance to talk about your dental problems with one of our highly experienced implant dentists, and to discuss your needs, preferences and possible solutions. We’ll ask you about the issues you have with your teeth and what sort of solution you are looking for.
Your implant dentist will also examine your teeth and your gums and take some photographs to assess if Smile in a Day, sometimes referred to as Teeth in a Day or same-day teeth, is likely to be the best dental option for you.
We encourage you to ask as many questions as you wish about the procedure and about TDC – it is important to be well informed so you can select the right dental team for you, and one that you can trust to give you the very best results.
We know that some people can feel nervous or anxious when they attend a dental consultation. You can be sure that we will never rush you or make you feel judged.
Our patients find themselves in need of treatment for many different reasons – lifestyle, genetics, accidents – and we are here to help restore your teeth and your smile, and to boost your confidence.
Reading some of our independently verified patient reviews may help re-assure you that you are in the best possible hands.
Patient safety is the number one priority at TDC Implant Centres, and we are very proud to have won the 2018 My Face My Body Award in the Best Patient Care category.
You can watch our video, “Your First Smile in a Day Consultation” to learn more.
Confirming that Smile in a Day same-day dental implants are suitable for you
After your consultation, if you and your dentist agree that TDC Smile in a Day is likely to be a suitable treatment for you and that you would like to progress to the next stage, the next step is to have a computerised 3D CT scan.
Your CT scan provides our dental implant team with detailed X-ray images of your jaws and teeth, enabling them to look beneath the surface of your gums and to measure the amount and location of bone in your jaw.
We can then confirm that Smile in a Day same-day teeth are definitely a suitable treatment option for you. If we feel this isn’t the right treatment for you, we’ll discuss alternative solutions.
Creating your personal treatment plan
After your consultation and CT scan, our dental implant team will formulate a detailed care plan for you, known as your Treatment Plan. This will summarise the findings from your consultation and CT scan analysis, along with the recommended treatment options that we have discussed together.
The Treatment Plan will also confirm your dental implant costs. At TDC, our Smile in a Day prices are fixed and all-inclusive so you can be assured that there will be no unexpected extra charges during the course of your treatment.
Booking your treatment date
Once you’ve decided to go ahead with your Smile in a Day dental implant procedure, and you have returned your signed Consent Form, we will book your treatment date. We will always do our best to accommodate your preferred timings.
We also book in the appointments you will need pre and post-surgery e.g. for taking impressions. Your personal Patient Coordinator will stay in regular contact to re-assure you that everything is on track for your surgery.
If required, we will maintain contact with your own doctor or dentist to ensure your care is totally seamless.
Before your TDC Smile in a Day procedure, we run a virtual surgery to make sure we’re fully prepared for your treatment, including creating a 3D printed model of your jaw so we can plan your surgery in more detail.
We plan for every eventuality so that you can have total peace of mind. Patient safety is our priority.
Step Two – Smile Restoration Day
This is the single surgical appointment in your TDC Smile in a Day treatment – and the day that you get your smile back!
On this one day we remove any remaining teeth as required, place your dental implants and fit your fixed, natural-looking provisional same-day teeth.
The Smile in a Day procedure begins with sedation if chosen, followed by a gentle numbing of your mouth. This will ensure that you feel absolutely no discomfort during the procedure.
Most of our patients choose conscious sedation as it keeps them pain-free, relaxed and comfortable. The patient remains awake throughout the procedure; they feel like they are in a dream-like state and usually have no recollection of the procedure afterwards.
Conscious sedation is extremely safe, without the risks and side effects often associated with general anaesthetic. The sedation is carried out by one of our highly trained anaesthetists, who stays with you for the duration of your surgery.
Where patients opt to not be sedated, the procedure will still be pain-free.
Placing the dental implants
We usually place four implants in each jaw (hence the term All-on-4). Each implant is placed at a precise angle to maximise the use of available bone, and this gives the perfect fit and maximum stability.
We use an advanced implant system with a built-in angle that provides a stronger base for your fixed teeth.
Creating and placing your new teeth
Once your implants are placed, we take precise measurements and you rest comfortably while your bespoke teeth are crafted by our expert laboratory technicians. They make your teeth on your treatment day as this is generally acknowledged to be the best way to obtain customised excellence.
The teeth are designed to enhance your appearance while restoring ideal bite and chewing function, and also help to speed up the healing process.
Your implant dentist will place your new teeth, so they are securely retained and supported by the dental implants. This is the moment when you can look in the mirror and see your beautiful new smile for the first time!
So, within hours of arriving for your treatment you can say goodbye to loose and missing teeth or dentures. You’ll have a full set of fixed teeth and your smile back!