Full Smile Makeovers
Missing teeth and other common dental problems can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Unfortunately, leaving one problem untreated can eventually cause many more. The good news is that Dr. Kuipers can create artificial teeth that others can’t distinguish from your natural teeth. That’s how realistic they look. You don’t have to suffer another day. Whether you’re missing one tooth or several teeth, we welcome you to contact LAVON Dental and Implant Center to schedule a smile makeover consultation.
What to Expect During Your Dental Implant Evaluation
Dental implants have quickly become the most popular option to replace missing teeth. Besides looking completely realistic, replacement teeth supported by dental implants make it easier to chew, smile, and speak clearly. Dr. Kuipers replaces both the root of your missing tooth and the tooth itself. He first installs the titanium cylinder into your jaw bone and then allows up to several months for it to heal. During this time, the artificial roots integrate with the bones in your lower jaw.
During your initial evaluation and consultation, Dr. Kuipers takes several X-rays to gain a better understanding of your tooth loss issues. Some patients may not qualify for dental implants. In this case, he will discuss other tooth replacement options with you such as dentures and bridges. If you turn out to be a good candidate for dental implants, you can schedule your first appointment right away. However, you may need a bone graft first if you don’t have enough bone mass to provide support to the new implants.
The Bone Graft Procedure
Bone grafting is a simple procedure where Dr. Kuipers removes small bone fragments from one area of your jaw and transplants it near the implant site. He may also take bone fragments from your chin area. Before starting the bone graft, Dr. Kuipers provides you with anesthesia to numb the area so you remain comfortable.
The Next Step in the Dental Implant Procedure
After your titanium tooth roots have merged with your jaw bone, you’re ready for Dr. Kuipers to attach the replacement teeth. In some cases, he may need to put a crown on top of individual implants to provide extra support for a partial or full set of dentures. This extra step gives the new replacement teeth the stability they need. For the last step, he attaches realistic-looking artificial teeth to each implant. This improves your smile immediately and restores your mouth to full functionality.