At Barefoot Oral & Facial Surgery, we understand the stress that our patients feel when their smile is not perfect. Missing or decayed teeth can severely affect a person’s ability to function in public and reduce the levels of their confidence. That is why we offer Same Day Smiles. This approach allows you to come into the office, hiding your teeth, and walking out of the door with the smile you have always dreamed about.
What is a Same Day Smile Procedure?
Same Day Smile procedures utilize dental implants to help replace an entire arch of your mouth. While you may have thought that dentures were your only option, dental implants offer a variety of benefits that are better for your oral health, general oral care routine, and last longer than other options.
Typically, the Same Day Smile procedure utilizes a technique of dental implants called the All-on-4. This approach places four strategically located titanium implant posts, and then the entire upper or lower arch of your teeth is simply attached to those posts. This allows for a secure and seamless look. In fact, this approach looks so natural that many people won’t ever know that your implants are not just your flawless natural teeth.
Understanding Dental Implants
Dental implants utilize a two-step approach. The first steps involve a small titanium post that looks like a small screw. The post has a special coating that triggers your body to begin creating new bone to help incorporate the implant into your jaw. Additionally, the posts have microscopic holes drilled into them that allow the bone to actually grow into the implant. This creates a secure base for the implants, so you do not have to worry about them slipping while you talk or eat.
The second step is to attach the implant crown to the top of the posts. The crown is the part of the implant that looks and acts just like your natural teeth. Dental implants do not use a one size fits all approach. Instead, we will create dental implants based on your natural teeth. If you are only having a single arch replaced, then we can ensure that the tooth color of the implants matches your natural teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
There are a variety of reasons that people can lose a tooth. Unfortunately, when we lose a tooth, and the roots are no longer attached to the jawbone, your body begins the process of resorption. Resorption is when the body recognizes that the bone is no longer necessary and begins to remove and recycle that bone material. This means that after tooth loss, you will continue to experience a decrease in your jaw density. This can lead to a more fragile jaw or changes in facial appearance. Dental implants are highly recommended by dentists because they can stop and reverse the effects of resorption.
Additionally, the care for dental implants is far simpler than any of the other tooth replacement options. Dentures require you to remove them at night, place them in a special cleaning solution and use an adhesive when you put them back in. Dental implants simply require that you brush them twice a day and attend your regular dentist appointments. You should not brush your implants with some types of abrasive whitening toothpaste because they can scratch and discolor the implants.
If you are considering your tooth replacement options, but do not have to wait for weeks or months to have a beautiful smile, call Barefoot Oral & Facial Surgery in Mount Pleasant, SC today to schedule your appointment. We can review your case and get you the smile you deserve today!