Addressing Improper Bite Alignment and More
Oral health can have a far bigger impact on a person’s life than regular cleanings and the occasional filling can address. Many patients who’ve dealt with injury, illness, bite problems, and simple wear and tear can have chronic problems that they don’t even realize began in the mouth. Bruxism (tooth grinding), TMJ, periodontitis, crooked or misshapen teeth, and missing teeth can combine to cause headaches and migraines, toothaches, chronic bad breath, and an unattractive appearance. Even holding your tongue in the wrong position and swallowing incorrectly can contribute to many health issues that we have learned to live with but can easily be corrected.
Dr. Roca will sit down with you to discuss your concerns, symptoms, and goals. After taking digital X-rays and photos and conducting a comprehensive examination of your mouth, she will present options for a treatment plan to help you achieve a healthy, pain-free, beautiful smile. We can also discuss phased treatment and financial planning that will put your dream smile within reach. We can also help maximize a few years of your dental insurance benefits to reduce your out-of-pocket expense. Before you have your new crowns cemented in place, you are given temporary crowns that will look exactly like your new smile to wear for a month or two to make sure you like the color, size, shape and your speech sounds correct. We want to make sure you are super-pleased with the results, and we find that if you have a chance to wear the temporaries for a short while you will be confident that you are truly investing in the smile of your dreams.
Trying Out Your Smile
This is an example of the progression of one of our full-mouth rehabilitation cases. First, we take photos and impressions, then send them to our lab.
The lab makes us a wax up that we use to make temporaries. We send the patient home with temporary crowns to make sure the patient can speak well and feels comfortable with their new smile. Using a temporary first allows us to know what changes need to be made to the final crowns before the lab fabricated them. Below you see the wax up of crowns the lab sent for my approval, followed by the fabricated porcelain crowns before glaze and finally the temp crowns.
After about a week, if the patient feels comfortable with their speech and is thrilled with the shape and style, the lab will send us the final product which you see below. Once both Dr. Roca and the patient approve the temporaries, they are glazed and the patient comes in to get the crowns seated all at one time.