Tri-Cities Oral & Facial Surgery

How Is Smile-in-a-Day Different from Dentures?

Traditional dentures sit on top of the gums and typically require periodic refitting or replacement as gums and bone shrink over time. They may also slip out of place while eating, speaking, or laughing. Smile-in-a-Day uses dental implants to securely hold implant-retained dentures in place and prevent bone loss for long-term comfort and stability.

What Are the Benefits of Smile-in-a-Day?

  • No need for sticky, messy adhesives to hold teeth in place.
  • A fixed solution that will not shift or fall out during normal activities like eating or speaking.
  • Freedom to eat any food without limitations, including things that are tough, hard, or sticky.
  • Cared for like natural teeth and does not need to be removed for cleaning or while sleeping.
  • Dental implants stimulate the bone, preventing bone loss and helping maintain facial structure.
  • Shorter recovery time than traditional dentures or single implants and no downtime spent without teeth.

Ideal Candidates for Smile-in-a-Day

If you are tired of dealing with traditional dentures or spending precious time and money to maintain your teeth with root canals, fillings, or bridges, Smile-in-a-Day treatment may be a good option for you. Advances in technology mean more Tri-Cities patients are eligible for this procedure, and there are fewer limitations. While a variety of factors are taken into consideration, the key requirements include:

Missing Teeth: The procedure is beneficial if you are missing all or most of your teeth, have serious damage or decay, and are facing multiple tooth extractions to improve your oral health. Tooth extraction can be performed at the same time implants are placed for Smile-in-a-Day treatment.

Good Health: You should be in overall good health, and any chronic conditions such as diabetes should be well-managed. In addition, you should be a non-smoker or be willing to quit prior to treatment. Your oral surgeon will review your medical history and any factors that may impact the success of treatment and increase the risk of implant failure.

What Is Involved in the Smile-in-a-Day Process?

Before treatment begins, Dr. Smiley will take images and impressions of your teeth and mouth. He will coordinate with your dentist or prosthodontist on the positioning of the dental implants, so a customized prosthetic can be designed and molded to fit your face.

On the day of surgery, anesthesia will be administered to help you relax and remain comfortable. Dr. Smiley will extract any remaining teeth and use an advanced navigation system to precisely insert implants in the correct location to maximize results. Abutments and screws will be affixed to the top of each implant, and then your new replacement teeth will be attached, leaving you with a beautiful, functional smile before you leave.

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Tri-Cities Oral & Facial Surgery Dental Implants & Wisdom Teeth in Richland, WA

Richland | Pasco | Kennewick

Tri-Cities Oral & Facial Surgery is proud to serve patients throughout Richland, Pasco and Kennewick, WA and surrounding areas. We offer a wide range of oral surgery services including dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, tooth extractions, and bone grafting, as well as sedation options to enhance your safety and comfort. Centrally located near Pasco and Kennewick, WA, we are the convenient practice to visit for your wisdom teeth, dental implant and other oral surgery needs.