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Permanent Denture Implants

At Smiles for Life Dental Care, our exceptional treatments is permanent denture implants, a revolutionary option for individuals with extensive tooth loss.

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The Fixed Bridge Method

Fixed Bridge Method

The fixed bridge method used at Smiles for Life presents an innovative approach to restoring a full arch of teeth with optimal stability and efficiency. Unlike traditional implant-supported bridges that typically require six to eight implants, our technique utilizes four strategically placed implants. This streamlined approach not only reduces the number of implants needed but also minimizes the invasiveness of the procedure.

With the fixed bridge method, two implants are inserted vertically at the front of the jaw, while the other two are placed at an angle towards the back of the jaw. This specific arrangement is designed to maximize contact with the available bone tissue, even in cases of jaw recession. By angling the posterior implants, we can effectively utilize the existing bone structure and avoid the need for additional treatments such as bone grafting. This not only simplifies the process but also reduces the overall treatment timeline.

The strategic placement of the four implants in the fixed bridge method ensures excellent stability and support for the dental bridge that will be attached. This innovative technique provides a strong foundation for the replacement teeth, enabling patients to enjoy the benefits of a fully restored arch of teeth with confidence. The fixed bridge method not only improves oral functionality but also enhances aesthetics, giving patients a natural and seamless smile.

At Smiles for Life, our experienced dental team is well-versed in performing the fixed bridge method with precision and expertise. We understand the unique challenges that patients with jaw recession may face, and our approach is tailored to address these concerns effectively. With our advanced techniques and commitment to patient comfort, we strive to deliver exceptional results that exceed expectations.

Are Patients Who Choose Permanent Denture Implants Happy With Their Results?

Renew your smile with advanced dental implant or denture options. Our specialized procedures, including innovative dental implants and customized dentures, can rejuvenate your oral health and elevate the aesthetic appeal of your teeth.

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The Advantages of Fixed Bridges

Fixed bridges offer several advantages for individuals seeking a reliable and aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement option. Here are the key advantages of fixed bridges:

Avoid Preparatory Procedures

Bone recession is a common side effect of missing teeth. Fortunately, dental implants work even if you have sustained jawbone atrophy. While you would need bone grafting in order to qualify for traditional implants, you can skip these extra steps.

Save Money

Replacing an entire row of teeth can be expensive. Typically a more cost-effective way to get implant-supported dentures. Dental implants are typically priced by the unit, meaning the fewer posts you need, the less expensive your treatment total.

Enjoy Results Faster

Treatment timeline is much faster than traditional dental implants. Avoiding a bone graft can save you 3-6 months alone. Furthermore, we can attach your denture immediately after placing your implants, restoring your smile in one appointment.

Fixed bridges are a versatile dental solution that can effectively tackle multiple dental concerns.

Dental Implants are designed to treat several oral health conditions. The technique is suitable for those with:

Decayed or Damaged Teeth

A partial will be recommended if you still have some remaining healthy teeth. A traditional partial denture is similar to a traditional full denture. However, it will only replace part of your dental arch and relies on hidden clasps that connect to your remaining healthy teeth.

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Complete Tooth Loss

Complete Tooth Loss

If you have lost a full arch or all of your natural teeth, an implant-supported denture offers an excellent opportunity to rebuild your smile. Most patients who need a full denture qualify.

Advanced Gum Disease

Severe periodontal issues can compromise the stability of your teeth. For some patients, the best treatment option is to remove the remaining teeth, allowing the gums to heal so our doctors can place dental implants.

Advanced Gum Disease

Candidates for Fixed Bridges

Fixed bridges are not suitable for everyone. Before you can start treatment, you will need to attend a consultation with one of our dentists. At this time, we will ask you several questions about your medical history and perform a thorough dental examination. Factors that can affect your candidacy include:

Overall Health

Since implants require a surgical procedure, you need to be in good health to qualify. Certain medical conditions, like autoimmune disorders and uncontrolled diabetes, can put you at higher risk for complications. Make sure that you are healthy enough to undergo surgery and tell the dentist if you have a history of adverse effects from anesthesia.

Oral Structures

Fixed bridges are designed to accommodate jaw recession but only up to a certain point. If your bone density is too low, you face potential implant failure. During your consultation, we will take 3D scans of your jaw to determine if bone grafting is necessary.

Avoid Smoking

We only recommend dental implants for patients who are nonsmokers. If you smoke, you will need to quit several months before implant surgery and refrain from using tobacco products throughout your entire treatment. Your dentist will speak to you about the potential risks and discuss your nonsurgical tooth replacement options.

A Closer Look at the Procedure

A closer look on the procedure of Permanent Denture Implants

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Our Personalized Process

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We begin by administering local anesthetic and any additional sedation you need. When you are comfortable, we will carefully make incisions in the gum tissue.
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Next, we insert the dental implants into the gums. Each implant is placed at a strategic angle to maximize support from your jawbone. The location of each implant is predetermined based on your X-rays and CT scans.
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Temporary Restoration

After osseointegration has taken place, a second minor procedure is required for our dentists to attach abutments to the implants. Abutments are small connector pieces that attach the dental restorations to the implants. After the abutments are attached to the implants, a second healing period is required for the gums to heal around the abutments.
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Implant Placement

Finally, you will return to our Harrisonburg-area offices one more time so we can attach your permanent crown, bridge, or denture. We use lifelike restorations that look just like natural teeth. You will leave this appointment with a functional, healthy-looking smile.

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Sedation Can Ensure Your Comfort

Our team will take your budget into account. Implant-supported dentures and Fountain of Youth dentures often cost more, but the superior comfort and function prove worthwhile for many patients. During your consultation, we can provide you with a quote and discuss payment plans that help you budget for any services your insurance does not cover. Our practice accepts many convenient payment options for our Harrisonburg, VA, patients.

To further enhance convenience, our practice accepts multiple payment options, ensuring that you have flexibility in choosing a method that works best for you. We are committed to delivering high-quality dental care while prioritizing your comfort, satisfaction, and financial well-being.”

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Meet The Team

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That They Can Rely On Us
LaDawn Knicely

Cathy is always amazing. She remembers personal care details about my visit each time which shows me that she is a great listener, she has heard me and follows through with such care.

Cathy Ryan

I had Dr. Whiting for the first time and the practice will be in excellent hands when Dr. McIntire retires in Sept. He was profesional yet had an engaging demeanor when interacting with me. What makes this practice exceptional is the support staff- the welcoming friendliness of the front desk and the business office personnel. In particular, I would like to give high praises to the dental technician, Faith. She is warm, engaging and puts you at ease. She educates you during the whole process and is extremely knowledgeable about the procedures. Without a doubt, this is the best dental practice in the Valley.

Howard Dean

Dr. Whiting and staff did an excellent job. They were respectful, professional, and very helpful during the process of getting some dental implants. They expedited my appointments to get my new teeth before Father’s Day. Very happy with the results!

Susan Hairston

Dr. Mac performed a small miracle for me yesterday during my appointment. I was having an issue with my temporary bridge and he squeezed me in with his other patients to fix it. He went to great lengths to help me and I am very grateful. Thank you SFL!!

Dottie Westhafer

I had every intention of shopping around before committing to the extensive dental work I needed. However, after visiting the practice and seeing how dedicated they were to making life changing improvement for their patients, I looked no further. It is a process, starting with evaluations, recommendations, x-rays and scheduling. Beginning with my first appointment I marveled at the kindness, care and professionalism I received. I was taken care of skillfully and gently as we began my transformation. Today, June 6, 2024, I left their office with a beautiful smile without discoloration, wear, and misaligned teeth, and I now have a corrected bite and completely restored teeth that I am proud to show. Dr. Geo is very caring and meticulous, striving to complete his work with skill and perfection. I’m so glad that I came to Smiles For Life.

Charles Kimbrough

Smiles for Life has taken care of my dentistry needs for the last 6 years or so. Other offices in the past have had difficult times fitting me in when I needed an appointment. That hasn’t been the case here. Today, I needed to reschedule my appointment for next Monday, and they had an opening today with Cathy Batton instead of my regular hygienist. Cathy does a great job with years of experience and has a way about her to make you feel comfortable.

Linda Clague

Alex, . Morgan, and Dr Geo are very personable and professional. I felt very relaxed the entire visit.I especially appreciated Dr. Geo's careful mouth and teeth exam. They explained everything step by step and allowed time for questions.


On my first visit I meet Becky, we sat down and talked about everything they do there and she allowed me to tell her about my issues with my teeth and she felt that they could help me with my problem. This is the first time I have ever been able to explain, in detail, about my past and present experiences with my dental problems. She made me feel very comfortable in taking about my care and what I would like to have done with my denture issue's. I have set up my next appointment to have x-rays done and feel very good about that! I'm looking forward to my visit and what they have to say about fixing my problem .

Smile Like Never Before with a Set of Dental Implants

The perfect time is now, to take control of your smile and freshen up your look! With a set of dental implants, you can upgrade your smile like never before. Claim the confidence you deserve today with a lasting dental solution that will make you grin from ear to ear!
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