Full Smile Makeovers
Are you tired of not showing your teeth when you smile or automatically bringing your hand up to your mouth? These are sure signs that you feel self-conscious. The good news is that Dr. Aaron Patton offers a full smile makeover that can give you a smile you’re proud to display. Dental implants are the easiest way to achieve a new smile. Stop hiding your teeth and come in for a consultation at Joshua Family Dentistry instead.
What You Should Know About Dental Implants
While several options exist to replace missing, cracked, or diseased teeth, most patients prefer getting dental implants if possible. Dental bridges and removable dentures also provide you with replacement teeth; however, these procedures don’t give you new roots. With dental implants, Dr. Patton installs small titanium rods called abutments that act as new roots for the replacement teeth. This prevents your remaining teeth from shifting towards the open position.
After receiving the abutments, you need to wait for them to fuse with the existing bone. This process, called osseointegration, may take up to several months. You can start the process right away if you have enough bone density near the implant area to support it. If you have insufficient bone mass, you can probably still get dental implants. Dr. Patton would just need to complete a bone graft before installing the titanium rods.
The Bone Graft Procedure
If you need a bone graft, Dr. Patton takes a tiny piece of bone from your chin area, the back of your jaw, or another area with bone to spare. You do not feel discomfort while this is taking place because he provides you with a local anesthetic first. After obtaining the small piece of bone, he transplants it to the intended implant area and stitches it. You need to allow time for healing from a bone graft as well as the process of osseointegration.
Receiving Your Replacement Teeth
After successful fusion of your artificial tooth roots and existing bone, it is time for Dr. Patton to attach your replacement teeth to the titanium posts. He may need to put a crown over each of your implants to provide stronger support to your new teeth. Once your full or partial dentures are in place, you may feel an immediate surge in self-confidence. You won’t think twice about smiling or eating the foods you enjoy.
Your smile is your greeting to the world. When you don’t share it, people may make wrong assumptions about you. Let them know you’re someone worth getting to know by your confidence and smile.