Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you when meeting. A bright, shining, movie star quality smile is what most people strive for but few people are actually born with. Even those people who are born with naturally perfect teeth may find that their pearly whites don’t last forever. Losing teeth is common with age but dealing with a toothless smile is something that dental patients can easily overcome with smile restoration services.
What is Smile Restoration
Smile restoration refers to the process of improving the appearance of the smile through dental procedures. Also called a smile make-over, these procedures can be medically necessary, cosmetic, or both. There are four common smile restoration procedures that are performed outpatient in dental offices,
- Composite bonding
- Dental Implants
All of these procedures are customizable; however, dental implants are the only way to replace missing teeth while also preventing bone loss and facial deformities. Dental implants are also the only semi-permanent solution for tooth loss and smile restoration.
How Do Implants Work?
Dental implants begin with a titanium post that is positioned through surgery to the jaw bone where a tooth is missing. This titanium post replaces the lost tooth root to allow a dentist to mount a bridge with replacement teeth. Implants are permanent and don’t come loose. They can’t fall out of your mouth after being placed or shift in the gum line like dentures do.
Types of Dental Implants
There are three main types of dental implants—Endosteal, Subperiosteal and Single-Stage. For each type of implant, a patient must have healthy gums and enough bone left to support the posts.
Endosteal Implants- These are the most commonly thought of implants and work by surgically placing a base below the gum into the jawbone. After the bases are placed, the patient will need several weeks of healing time before a second surgery is performed to connect the posts to the implant. After the posts are connected, an artificial tooth is placed over the post or a bridge with multiple replacement teeth are mounted onto a bridge which is then affixed to the post.
Subperiosteal implants- These implants begin with a metal frame fitted just below the surface of the gum. The frame will become fixed to the bone below as the gums heal. This frame already has the posts sticking out of it which will protrude from the gums while healing is occurring. Artificial teeth are then placed on the posts or a bridge is mounted to the posts.
Single-Stage -The dental implant is placed in one step. There is no metal frame fitted below the surface of the gum, and there is no base placed below the jawbone. The Dental Implant Place uses single-stage implants for faster healing time and minimally invasive treatment.
Risks Associated with Smile Restoration
Depending on the type of smile restoration you have done, risks can vary. Patients should always make sure to get a comprehensive understanding of risks and benefits of dental procedures from their oral health care professional.
Risks with Implants:
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- Nerve damage
- Sinus issues
Risks with Whitening:
- Root damage
- Dentin damage
- Enamel erosion
Risks with Composite Bonding:
- Allergic reaction
- Discoloration or wearing down of material
The best way to mitigate risks of smile restoration is to ensure that you are following good oral health care routines and habits. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing will greatly reduce your risk level for any smile restoration procedure.
Costs of Smile Restoration
Smile restoration procedures will vary from office to office and can range from $100 to more than $50,000 depending on the procedure. Whitening treatment is one of the least expensive options that will greatly enhance your smile appearance. Often, dentist offices run special promotions on teeth whitening to target new patients which can drive the cost down even more.
One thing that patients should keep in mind is that the intrinsic value of smile restoration cannot be measured. Our smiles are one of the first indicators of how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. First impressions are based on the smile and other physical factors and no one should have to place a dollar amount on the importance of a healthy smile.
Patients should also know that a healthy, beautiful smile can save them a lot of money in the long run. Many smile restoration procedures such as implants have enormous health benefits such as preventing or stopping bone loss, stopping the spread or start of an infection and restoring a person’s natural face shape. Without implants, a person will be forced to pay much more for dental treatment in the future because of oral complications associated with tooth loss or decay.
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The Dental Implant Place in Fort Worth TX focuses completely on dental implants. We’ve practiced smile restoration here since 2007, and we’re extremely good at it! Our dentist, Dr. Steve Brown, has now placed over 10 thousand dental implants! Call us now and schedule your free consultation with him. We can help you get back what you’ve lost!