Smiles For Life

Same Day Smile with Teeth in a Day

By Dr. Dan Whiting on September 10, 2019

All-on-4 dental implant placementPeople who are missing all of their teeth should consider Teeth in a Day, a way to achieve a full set of teeth supported by dental implants during a single dentist visit. This is much faster than traditional implant dentistry, and has numerous benefits for patients. The dentists of Smiles For Life have helped many in the greater Harrisonburg, VA area smile with renewed confidence thanks to Teeth in a Day.

Our team would like to go over some of the problems caused by extensive tooth loss. We’ll then cover the basics of Teeth in a Day and why it may be the right solution for you and your needs.

Problems Caused By Complete Tooth Loss

If you’re missing all of your teeth, you’ll face a number of issues that affect your health as well as your appearance.

With regard to health, complete tooth loss makes it difficult to eat a balanced diet. You may suffer a number of nutritional deficiencies because of your lack of teeth. In addition, extensive tooth loss will lead to bone loss and gum recession, which can have a negative impact on overall dental health.

As far as aesthetics, having no teeth often leaves people feeling self-conscious about how they look. You could be hesitant to speak, laugh, and smile, even around people you’ve known for years. Even when your mouth is closed, your lips and cheeks may hang slack because of your lack of teeth.

How Teeth in a Day Works

Using advanced CT scan technology, the team at our Harrisonburg center can determine the ideal placement of dental implants. We will then place those implants along your jawbone. Usually, six implants are needed for the upper dental arch and five are needed for the lower dental arch. A temporary denture can be placed on the same day.

At a later visit, you will receive a fully customized Prettau® Bridge made from durable, realistic zirconia. Once in place, your restored smile will look natural and just like new.

How Long Does Traditional Dental Implant Treatment Take?

In terms of timeframe, there’s a significant difference between normal implant dentistry and Teeth in a Day. Full dental implant treatment can take several months to a year, requiring extensive healing following oral surgery before the implants are ready to support a denture.

The Advantages and Benefits of Teeth in a Day

The key advantages of Teeth in a Day are as follows:

  • A functional smile in a single day
  • Not as much downtime as traditional dental implant treatment
  • Realistic zirconia denture when in place
  • Dental implants are as stable as natural tooth roots
  • No need for denture creams
  • Dental implants help prevent further bone loss and gum recession

Is Teeth in a Day Right for Me?

Teeth in a Day may be right for you if you still have sufficient bone density along your jawbone and dental arch. Patients should also have healthy gums and be committed to avoiding tobacco products before treatment and in the years after treatment. This will help ensure successful treatment in the short term and avoid implant failure in the long run.

During a consultation at our practice, we can go over candidacy for Teeth in a Day in further detail, and discuss treatment alternatives as well if necessary.

Contact a Skilled Dentist

For more information about Teeth in a Day and whether or not it’s right for you, be sure to contact our team of cosmetic and restorative dentists. You can reach Smiles For Life here in Harrisonburg by calling (540) 208-5911.

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