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Dental Implants: Transforming Smiles Like Never Before

The world of medicine has advanced tremendously since the year 2000 and the dental world is leading the pack in innovation. These breakthroughs have transformed lives for many people and allowed them to get their smile back. This new wave of dental transformation technology has provided a solution for replacing one or more missing teeth in a way that looks and feels natural.

Not Your Grandpa’s Dentures

Before the world of dental implants, a bridge, partial denture or complete denture were the only solutions for missing teeth. Now, more and more people are opting for dental implants instead. The most obvious difference between the two is that a bridge or a partial denture is all but sure to fall out of a patient’s mouth unexpectedly and can make it difficult to eat, talk or smile.

Now cosmetic dentists are able to provide their patients with a natural-looking alternative that actually replaces the missing teeth starting at the roots. It’s the most conservative option that looks, feels and works like real teeth, leaving patients with more time and money in the long run. Dental implants aren’t just about improving confidence; they can also be a crucial part of oral health, speech, and overall comfort. They are the only option that provides full functionality.

According to WebMD, dental implants “have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.”

3D Digital Imaging

3D digital imaging is a relatively new development in cosmetic dentistry that allows dentists to easily view tissue, muscle, bone, nerves and teeth in a non-invasive manner.

For dental implants, this means that 3D CT scans can be used to create a digital model of the jaw prior to dental implant surgery. A computerized tomography (CT) allows for the building of multiple cross-sectional and panoramic views. These pre-operative images can be uploaded into 3D planning software and used to develop a surgical guide. 3D imaging is a painless procedure that provides highly detailed information like never before.

Other advantages include:

  • A non-invasive way to view the bones under the gums
  • The minimum amount of radiation (98% percent less than traditional methods)
  • Extreme detail
  • Takes a matter of seconds
  • Improves accuracy of dental implants
  • Reduces procedure pain by locating the nerves on your face prior to surgical placement

CAD/CAM Technology

Among the most significant changes to the way dental implants can be done is the addition of computer-designed implants. CAD/CAM is an acronym for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, which offers numerous advantages for patients compared to implant level impressions and costly casting for component fabrication. Some dental implant procedures can even be done in a day.

In dental implant procedures, achieving solid bone stability is vital. With this in mind, dentists are finding that the use of CAD/CAM can minimize bone loss. Using this technology, exact duplicates of the missing teeth can be created and replaced in the patient’s mouth, offering them a fast, symptom-free healing process. This process is an efficient and effective method for creating lasting comfortable dental implants.

Computer-Guided Surgery

CT images and detailed digital planning can be combined to produce a surgical template, which dentists use to find the ideal placement for dental implants. A template can be used before surgery to conduct a virtual walk-through and during the surgery to ensure the procedure goes according to plan. A surgical guide can also be a valuable tool in diagnosis and second-stage surgery where the surgical template could be used again.

New Materials for Natural Smiles

Most dental implants are made of three parts:

  • Root, which is typically made of titanium
  • An abutment, which is placed on top of the root to secure the crown and can be made from titanium, ceramic or other materials
  • Crown, or replacement tooth, which can be made from a variety of materials, from gold to porcelain

In recent years there have been significant shifts in the materials used to make dental implants. One of the most promising developments is the use of Zirconia, a very strong ceramic. Since Zirconia dental implants received FDA approval in 2011, more and more dentists have been using crowns and bridges made from Zirconia.

The advantages of Zirconia dental implants include:

  •  Resistance to stains and chipping
  •  A natural appearance that matches your other teeth
  • Biocompatibility, which means they work well with your mouth’s natural tissues and are unlikely to cause a response like inflammation
  • Longevity

The Transformation of a New Smile

People struggling with missing teeth may find it difficult to eat, speak or show off their smiles. Restorative dentistry can offer life-changing solutions. Thanks to ongoing research, patients now have more advanced options than ever before.

LifeSmiles by Dr. Randy Mitchmore uses the latest technology to offer patients top-of-the-line dental implants with anxiety-free solutions. Call 713-592-9300 or visit their website to schedule your consultation.


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Sally May-Frankum
Dental Hygienist

Sally’s favorite part about working with the team at LifeSmiles is the fun she has with her co-workers. Additionally, she appreciates working with Dr. Randy Mitchmore because much like her, he values whole-body health for his patients. She’s proud to be part of a team that does such high quality work.

Outside of the office: Sally enjoys being with her children and grandchildren and uses writing as a creative outlet. On the weekends, she can be found doing all things outdoors including hiking and biking.


Bucket List: Going to Europe, exploring every US state, and zip-lining.

Hero: The Highest Power of them all!

Toni Wilson
Queen of Charisma

 “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.”

Toni’s favorite thing about working at LifeSmiles is the beautiful scenery. When patients are having anxiety about their dental appointments, she creates a fearless atmosphere with her charisma and warmth. She is passionate about helping every patient achieve their dental health goals. She says she truly loves being part of a team where she can grow professionally and personally.

Outside the office: Toni loves spending time with her husband and their sons. She also likes to show off her green thumb with her work in her garden.

Bucket list item:
Travel around the world and learn about other cultures and regions.

Your hero: Harriet Tubman because she was passionate and a fearless leader unafraid of any of life’s challenges.

Mike Mireles
Elite Care and Education Specialist

Smiling is contagious

Mike began his career at LifeSmiles seeking an opportunity to expand his skillset and advance his career. Today he works at Dr. Michmore’s side through dental procedures and surgeries. He loves working at LifeSmiles because the entire team is continually learning and keeping up to date with the newest advancements in dentistry.

Outside the office: Mike enjoys barbecuing on his patio, traveling, and spending time with his family. He’s a dog dad of two: Tati and Tito.

Bucket list item:
To visit Thailand and Dubai and to try skydiving!

Your hero: Mike looks up to his parents and is forever grateful for the life lesson they taught him; respect, manners, strength, and to be a go-getter. He continues to carry these things with him with everything he does.

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Sandra Smith

Sandra is 44 years old and is a star athlete for the Special Olympics. At LifeSmiles, Sandra stocks patient rooms and the coffee bar. She does all kinds of special projects like decorating for holidays and preparing awesome gifts for our patients.

Sandra loves being around all her friends and is proud to wear a LifeSmiles shirt, jacket, and name badge. You’ll always find her smiling and helping make our patients smile too.

Outside the Office: Sandra likes to go fishing with her family, swim, go to dances, and walk the mall with her friends. She is very active in the Special Olympics and won second place in the state volleyball tournament (go, Sandra!) in 2020. She sings in her church choir and attends international performances with them.

Spirit Animal: Butterfly. She likes them because they are pretty.

Andie Willis
Director of Details

Andie is married with one son, Logan and now lives in The Woodlands. She grew up in Sugar Land and has followed in her mother’s footsteps – she has been in dentistry for over 35 years. Andie actually started out working in the office with her mom and learned many things from the way she worked.

Andie has been a Lead Dental Assistant for most of her career. She has worked for many specialists including oral surgeons and periodontists. She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry but especially enjoys the surgical and cosmetic side. As a science nerd, dentistry fascinates Andie and gives her a sense of accomplishment.

At LifeSmiles, she is our “Director of Details”. Andie is known for being a perfectionist because she likes to gather as much information as possible and go the extra mile to match Dr. Mitchmore’s high standards. She truly loves being part of our dedicated team of professionals who go above and beyond for our amazing patients.

Outside of the Office: Andie is addicted to Lagree fitness and loves to go off-shore fishing.

Your Hero: Her Mom. She is the most selfless person Andie knows.

John Copous
Chief Enthusiasm Officer

John became a new patient of LifeSmiles in 2008. He likes to tell people he was not allowed to leave. John worked down the street for 14 years before joining the team. He has a passion for meeting new people and extending genuine hospitality.

Often the first person people meet on the phone and when they walk in the door, you can count on John for a warm welcoming smile. You can even ‘hear’ it over the phone. He says, “I believe everyone deserves the red carpet treatment and love seeing other people smile.”

John hears stories every day how someone’s smile is holding them back. He can barely contain his excitement when shouting the praises of Dr. Mitchmore and the entire team. He shares passionate stories of how the transformations people have received at LifeSmiles, changed their lives.

Outside the Office: John loves being outside. He enjoys sharing a beach house with friends and family. He loves entertaining, throwing a party and cooking at home. He can start a conversation with anyone, anywhere. He’s an amateur stand-up comic.

Bucket List Item: To live in a foreign country for one year, somewhere near the beach. Take some time to write an epic love novel loosely based on my large Italian family.

Your Hero: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. While fictional, the character incorporates admirable qualities from real life people. She believes in the goodness of everyone, keeps on going and moves forward despite any obstacle. She is able to find humor in other people’s quirks, accepts them and makes sense of it all. Plus, she’s a little outrageous too.