New Day – New Smile®

In the past, dentures were seen as the only solution for missing or failing teeth. Today, however, technology and advances in implant dentistry are bringing people a more comfortable, more modern option for tooth replacement: dental implants.

What makes dental implants the preferred choice? Let’s take a look at how they compare:

Dental Implants

  • Gold standard for tooth replacement
  • Investment can last a lifetime
  • Preserve bone quality & quantity
  • Feel & function like natural teeth
  • Strong & stable
  • No need for creams or adhesives
  • Provides firm support of facial structure
  • Lower maintenance over time

Removable Dentures

  • Old technology (the last resort)
  • Less expensive, but often less effective
  • Decrease bone quality & quantity
  • Don’t feel natural
  • Unstable & unreliable
  • Likely require creams & adhesives
  • Support decreases over time
  • Will need to be remade or relined eventually

A REASON TO SMILE AGAIN: ALL-ON-X DENTAL IMPLANTS

Can only a few implants replace all of the teeth on the top or the bottom of your mouth? Thanks to advances in dental implant technology- yes.

Tooth loss is very common among adults, especially as we age. More than 35 million people in America are missing all of their upper or lower teeth. Rather than living with the discomfort and hassles of dentures, many people are choosing “All-On-X” or “Full Mouth Implants” dental implant restorations. Many others have several missing teeth with other teeth needing extensive work. This can be overwhelming to many, and it can still leave them with a less than desirable appearance.

All-On-X: One full arch of teeth, four or more dental implants

To fully understand this remarkable technique for replacing teeth, you should first understand what a dental implant is. An implant is a small titanium post that is placed inside your jaw and replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. Minor surgery is required to insert the implants and the majority of patients are able to resume normal function the next day with little to no discomfort. Once the implant is in place, a crown is attached to give you a realistic-looking and functional prosthetic tooth.

Here’s where it gets really interesting: You do not need a dental implant for each and every one of your missing teeth. All is you might need is four or more precisely placed implants spread out within each arch of your mouth to restore your full smile. That’s the beauty of the All-On-X. And because the implant is made of titanium, it has the unique ability to fuse to living bone and function as part of it. So eventually, the dental implant becomes part of the jawbone and serves as a strong, long-lasting foundation for your new teeth.

Besides ensuring that your implants are permanently fixed in place, this bone fusion has another important benefit: it slows future bone loss in the jaw. This helps to maintain a more youthful facial structure—and better oral health. But perhaps the biggest surprise about the All-On-X is how quickly it can transform your life.

What is New Day – New Smile®?

New Day – New Smile® is a trademarked procedure that combines digital dentistry, precise technology and a fabulous team of a restorative doctor, lab technicians and your surgeon, Dr. Culley, who brings over 25 years of dental implant surgical knowledge and skill that can help give most patients a new smile in one day.

  • Dr. Culley is able to place the dental implants and deliver new teeth in the same day
  • You leave our office with a natural looking set of teeth

After your surgical appointment, your new smile will look and feel great, but it’s only temporary. You see, it takes dental implants some time to strengthen within your jawbone. Once that happens, you’ll see our restorative doctor that helped plan the case who will replace your temporary teeth with a permanent, customized smile designed just for you.

Dental Implants before and after photo
Before and After

The technology behind New Day – New Smile®

Dr. Culley has introduced some of the most cutting edge technology into his practice that is seen in very few surgical or restorative offices throughout the United States. Currently, only about 15% of all dental and specialty practices have an intraoral scanner. An intraoral scanner is a device that is used to capture a direct optical impression. The scanner projects a light source onto the area to be scanned. The images are captured by imaging sensors and are processed by scanning software, which then produces a 3D surface model. This takes the place of gooey dental impressions that can be inaccurate from material issues or operator error. It’s also much more comfortable to patients.

Intraoral scanner

The next piece of technology that is needed is 3D Dental Imaging. Dr. Culley was one of the first offices in the state of Tennessee to offer 3D Dental Imaging and had the first generation iCat as soon as it hit the US market. After 2 generations of iCat’s, Dr. Culley has now incorporated one of the most advanced 3D Dental Imaging units available. The Carestream 9600 not only takes amazing, precise images of your facial bones and teeth, but it also allows for 3D Photography of the patients face. This feature is allowing for more accurate smile design than ever before. To see how this is done, watch the short video below to see how dental veneers can be designed.

3D dental imaging with the Carestream 9600

The final pieces of the technology come from the Chrome Guided Smile System®. All of the records obtained by Dr. Culley and the restorative doctor prior to your surgery are forwarded to the doctors at Chrome Dental Lab. There, your smile design begins. A mock up is done with the surgical design tentatively put in place. Dr. Culley, the Chrome doctor, the restorative doctor and a dental lab technician all meet virtually to review your case. Dr. Culley reviews the implant positions, sizes and their proximity to vital biologic structures and makes adjustments as necessary. The minimum is 4 implants, which is all that can fit in some patients’ mouths. Dr. Culley prefers as many as possible to give the best stress distribution and longevity. After everyone is in agreement that the plan is perfect, Chrome begins processing the surgical guides and intermediate restoration that Dr. Culley will need to replicate the plan precisely so you can walk out with a new smile the same day.

3D image of virtual planning software
Chrome Guided Smile System mock up

How do you know if the New Day – New Smile® procedure is right for you?

Dr. Culley offers a free consultation for his patients. At your consultation, you’ll receive a complimentary oral exam and x-ray. This exam will help determine if you need implants and help in creating your treatment plan. So if you want to learn more about dental implants, simply schedule your free consultation. It’s the best way to find out how dental implants can change your life. To schedule an appointment, just click here.