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What is smile in a day treatment?

Smile in a day treatment is a long-lasting solution for replacing loose, rotten, missing or failing teeth with a full set of dental implants in one day. The technique is usually used for people with little or no teeth and it's an alternative to the traditional placement of multiple dental implants, or a full set of dentures.

A set of four to six dental implants replace a whole arch of missing teeth and are usually fitted all in the same day.

You might also hear smile in a day treatment referred to as teeth in a day, same day smiles or full-mouth dental implants.

How does smile in a day work?

The smile in a day procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic or using dental sedation. The selected teeth are replaced with four to six implants, which are surgically placed into your jawbone. Then a custom-made, temporary bridge is fitted to the implants to support them. This bridge is usually replaced three to four months later with a long-term bridge.

Diagram illustrating how smile in a day works. Implants fitted onto dental bridge.

In most cases, the implants and temporary bridge are fitted in one day – hence the name of the treatment. There are rare occasions when treatment can’t be completed in a day, as sometimes bone loss in the jaw means implants can’t be supported straight away.

In this case a temporary, removable denture may be placed, which isn’t attached to the implants. The bridge is then placed a few months later once the implants are fixed into the bone.

Preparing for smile in a day treatment

First, you’ll need to have an initial consultation before you start treatment to check that smile in a day is suitable for you- most adults with missing or loose teeth can have smile in a day treatment. Your dentist will carefully assess you to make sure it’s a suitable treatment.

Then you’ll need some follow-up appointments before the procedure – which involve scans and creating you an individual treatment plan. You’ll have the chance to ask any questions you might have with the dentist who will be performing your surgery.

The diagram above shows how the implants are fitted onto the jawbone.

What are the benefits of smile in a day?

A new smile in less than 24 hours

In most cases, the smile in a day procedure is completed in one visit – which eliminates the need for multiple surgeries with long-healing periods. Ben White, a dentist who performs smile in a day treatment at Bupa, explained that around 95% of his smile in a day cases are completed on the same day.

Result in before and after photo achieved full arch smile in a day treatment performed at Total Dental Care Implant Centre Harley Street, part of Bupa, by Drs Michael and Anthony Zybutz.

broken, missing and unhealthy teeth before smile in a day treatment at Total Dental CareBright, healthy smile after smile in a day full mouth implants with Dr Zybutz at Total Dental Care

A discreet way to replace missing teeth

Smile in a day treatment, once complete, looks like natural teeth, so it’s not obvious that your teeth have been replaced. Your dentist will work closely with you to understand exactly how you want your new smile to look, including the shape and size of your teeth.

Having your teeth replaced using smile in a day could be a life-changing experience if you’re self-conscious about your smile.

Result in before and after photo achieved with single arch smile in a day treatment performed at Minto Dental Care, part of Bupa, by Dr Chris Chisholm.

broken, missing and unhealthy teeth before smile in a day treatment at Minto Dental CareBright, healthy smile after top arch implants at Bupa

As long-lasting as natural teeth

Smile in a day can offer a long-lasting alternative to missing teeth. Implants can last as long as natural teeth if cared for properly. They can also reduce bone loss or shrinkage, which provides aesthetic benefits – as well as support for your jawbone.

Result in before and after photo achieved with full arch smile in a day treatment performed at Dental Confidence, part of Bupa, by Peter Sanders.

Failing, misshapen, missing teeth before smile in a day treatment at Dental Confidence, part of BupaBright, straight, full smile following smile in a day treatment at Dental Confidence, part of Bupa

Speak and eat with confidence

Your new smile functions like normal teeth and is securely fixed in place, so you don’t need to worry about your teeth moving when you speak.

Plus, you’ll be able to comfortably eat all the foods you used to enjoy. Unlike wearing dentures, your palate isn’t covered up, so there’ll be no compromise in tasting your food.

Result in before and after photo achieved with full arch smile in a day treatment performed at Dental Confidence, part of Bupa, by Peter Sanders.

Gappy, unhealthy, protruding teeth before smile in a day treatment at Dental Confidence, part of BupaStraight, bright teeth following smile in a day treatment by Peter Sanders at Dental Confidence, part of Bupa

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