Self-conscious about his smile his entire life, this patient is now more confident than ever! Worn, crooked, cracked, and missing teeth have been transformed into a beautiful smile constructed of porcelain crowns supported by his natural tooth and a couple of dental implants. Two dental implants were already placed prior to this patient presenting to my office so we did not have to wait for any implant healing. The process takes about 6 weeks. See below if you are interested in the detailed treatment sequence.
The process starts by taking upper and lower impressions of the teeth and mounting them on a dental articulator. The patient and I then sat down determined the smile design he would like. With this information, the lab was able to do a diagnostic wax-up of the selected smile design and I was able to do a computer simulation of the before and after smile. The patient returned to review the smile simulation and diagnostic wax-up prior to getting started. He was very happy with both and was anxious to get started. He was schedule for a two day appointment – lowers on day one and uppers on day two. Each appointment took about 3-4 hours and was performed using a conscious sedation technique that patients love. He left with, bleach shade, temporary crowns made from the cosmetically enhanced diagnostic wax-up. He returned to the dental office one week later to report on the feel of the new temporary teeth. He was very happy with the temporaries, so the lab was cleared to go ahead and finish the porcelain crowns to restore the lower teeth. two weeks later the lower porcelain crowns were bonded into place and then the upper crowns were cleared to be fabricated. 3 weeks later the upper porcelain crowns were bonded into place and the bite was adjusted. Again, these visits were performed using conscious sedation to maximize patient comfort. One week later, the patient returned for a fine tuning of the bite. He is very happy to finally have his dream smile. My team and I are happy to provide such life changing services to our community. Hank D. Michael, DMD – Dentist in Sarasota – Palmer Ranch, Lakewood Ranch, Siesta Key and Surrounding Areas.