Multi-Disciplinary Smile Makeover
When Creating a New Smile Takes a Bigger Team
Sometimes we meet a patient who is dreaming of a new smile, but they have needs that extend beyond cosmetic or restorative dentistry.
What do I mean? Well…not that long ago a sweet lady came into my office with an overgrown upper jaw that made her show a huge amount of gum tissue every time she smiled and she hated it. Not all gummy smiles are caused by jaw hypertrophy (overgrowth), but this one was. I do all sorts of amazing dentistry, but I don’t do jaw surgeries. Fortunately, my colleague at UTHSCSA does. Bringing our teams together, we could find her best solution and offer her treatment options that utilized the best of both of our strengths to give her the smile she was dreaming of.
Multi-Disciplinary Smile Makeovers Aren’t Just for Jaw Surgeries.
They are the best solution for any smile makeover that requires skills outside my range of expertise in order to get the best outcome. In my case, that includes teaming up with plastic surgeons when facial surgery is needed, oral surgeons when major bone surgery is needed, periodontists when extensive grafts have to made. Sometimes these folks are part of our team at Alamo Dental Health, sometimes they are in another facility. The goal of any multi-disciplinary smile makeover is to give you the advantage of everyone’s expertise so that you, the patient, get the best possible outcome.
Multi-Disciplinary Care: Because a beautiful smile isn’t worth much if you don’t have the health to keep smiling!
Cosmetic Smile Makeovers are not the only place we team up with other professionals. We also team up with specialized physicians for patients with sleep disorders, hormone imbalances, diabetes, cancer, joint replacement, and eating disorders. So much of what happens in the mouth affects the whole body. So much of what happens in the body affects the mouth. Working together with other medical and dental professionals enables us to create a San Antonio team of medical professionals that is committed to one thing – helping our patients get healthy – because that’s the best smile makeover of them all!
When Smiling is a Team Sport: Meet Michael!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, Michael’s pictures are like a graphic novel. A phenomenal local orthodontist started Michael’s smile makeover and asked me to join her multi-disciplinary team to help create Michael’s dream smile. The orthodontist was in charge of putting the teeth in the right place and my job was to create his new teeth. It was awesome to see his smile develop as we went through the steps of whitening, prepping, and crowns. For the final touch, we recruited a gum specialist to our team to help with gum resculpting. As you can see in these pictures, Michael’s new smile looks stunning!