TDC Smile in a Day Dental Implant Procedure and Process
With Total Dentalcare (TDC) Smile in a Day same-day dental implants there are three simple stages to regaining fully functioning teeth and your beautiful new smile. An advanced and clinically-proven tooth replacement technique, the months of treatment time required with traditional implant methods are reduced into a single day – without the need for bone grafting.
It is the closest solution to natural teeth – a long-term, fixed solution that ends the worry and inconvenience of loose and missing teeth or dentures.
The majority of people who come to TDC require at least one full jaw of new teeth – often both.
This page explains what to expect at each step.
Step One – Consultation, Analysis and Planning
This is your chance to talk about your dental problems with one of our highly experienced implant dentists, to discuss your needs, preferences and possible solutions. We’ll ask you about the issues you’re experiencing, any medical conditions we should be aware of, and what sort of solution you’re looking for to replace your loose and missing teeth, or dentures.
Your dental implant dentist will examine your remaining teeth and gums and take some photographs to assess if Smile in a Day dental implants, sometimes referred to as Teeth in a Day or same-day teeth, are likely to be the best option for you.
We encourage you to ask questions – whether about the Smile in a Day implant procedure, our team or the benefits of dental implants generally. It’s important to be well informed so you can select the right oral surgeon and team for you, and one that you trust to deliver the very best results.
Watch our video, “Your First Smile in a Day Consultation” to learn more.
Some people feel nervous when they attend a dental consultation. Be assured that your dentist will make you feel as relaxed as possible. We’ll never rush you or make you feel judged.
The people who come to TDC find themselves in need of dental implants for many reasons – lifestyle, genetics, accidents. We’re here to restore your smile, and boost your confidence.
Reading some of our independently verified patient reviews may help re-assure you that you’re in the best possible hands.
Patient safety is our absolute priority. We’re proud winners of the Dentistry Best Patient Care (London) Award 2020, as well as winning the MyFaceMyBody Best Dental Practice UK award for the last two years.
Confirming that Smile in a Day same-day dental implants are suitable for you
After your consultation, if you and your dentist agree that Smile in a Day dental implants are likely to be suitable for you and you’d like to progress to the next stage, the next step is having a computerised 3D CT scan.
CT scans take detailed X-rays, providing our dental implant team with detailed images of your jaws and teeth. This enables us to analyse beneath the surface of your gums and measure the amount, location and quality of bone in your jaw.
We can then confirm that you’re a suitable candidate for Smile in a Day implants.
In the majority of cases, our Smile in a Day dental implants are suitable even for people with extreme gum disease and jawbone loss, without the need for bone graft surgery.
If we feel Smile in a Day dental implants are not right for you, we’ll discuss alternative solutions.
Creating your personal treatment plan
After your consultation and CT scan, our team will formulate a detailed dental implant care plan for you. This treatment plan summarises the findings from your consultation and CT scan analysis, along with the treatment options we’ve discussed together.
The plan will also confirm your dental implant costs. At TDC, our prices are fixed and all-inclusive so you can be assured that there won’t be any unexpected charges during the course of your dental implant treatment.
Booking your treatment date
Once you’ve decided to go ahead with your Smile in a Day dental implant procedure, we book your dental implant surgery. We always do our best to accommodate your preferred timings.
We also book the appointments you’ll 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 dental implant surgery and make sure you are fully informed at every stage.
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 jawbone so we can plan your surgery in more detail.
We plan for every eventuality so that you can have total peace of mind.
Step Two – Smile Restoration Day
This is the only surgical appointment in your TDC Smile in a Day treatment.
You arrive for dental implant surgery and leave, just hours later, with your smile and confidence restored.
Our highly experienced dental surgeon removes any remaining teeth and places your dental implants. These dental implants replace your natural tooth roots, providing a stable base for the new artificial teeth.
Your fixed, natural-looking provisional teeth are placed on the same day.
Loose and missing teeth are now a thing of the past!
Smile in a Day dental implant surgery begins with sedation if chosen, followed by a gentle numbing of your mouth. This ensures that you feel absolutely no discomfort during the procedure.
Most of our patients choose conscious sedation to keep them pain-free, relaxed and comfortable. Patients remain awake throughout the dental implant procedure, feeling like they’re in a dream-like state. Most have no recollection of surgery afterwards.
Conscious sedation is extremely safe, without the risks and side effects often associated with general anaesthetic. Sedation is carried out by one of our highly trained anaesthetists, who stays with you throughout your surgery.
Where patients opt to not be sedated, the implant placement 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 dental implant is placed at a precise angle to maximise the use of available bone, providing the perfect fit and maximum stability for the bridge of bespoke artificial teeth.
We use an advanced dental implant system with a built-in angle that provides a stronger base for your new replacement teeth.
Creating and placing your new teeth
After your dental implant surgery, we take precise measurements and you rest comfortably while your bespoke teeth are crafted by our expert laboratory technicians. They make them on treatment day as it’s generally acknowledged to be the best way to obtain customised excellence.
Your replacement teeth are designed to enhance your appearance while restoring bite and chewing function, and 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!