MikelFor many, a visit to the dentist is a routine part of ongoing health maintenance. However, for those who deal with severe anxiety, it represents a significant challenge. This story is about transformation, not just of a smile, but of an individual’s entire experience with dental care, all while under the compassionate guidance of Dr. Esther Ngo Bikoi and the team at Artistic Family Dentistry of Silver Spring.

Relieving Stress, Restoring Hope

The reason for treatment was multifaceted and was rooted in a combination of severe dental anxiety and a pressing need for dental restoration. The patient was faced with the daunting prospect of extraction and denture placement, which, for someone with intense fear, required not just clinical excellence but immense psychological support. The treatment path was carefully planned, starting with initial consultations to address anxieties and followed by detailed intraoral scans and photos to fabricate a temporary denture.

Dr. Bikoi and her team chose Fountain of Youth (FOY) dentures for their precision and patient comfort. The process involved two key stages: the extraction and temporary denture placement on the planned surgery day, followed by a healing period. Approximately 3-4 months later, after ensuring proper healing and adjustment, an intraoral scan was performed to fabricate the final denture. The process culminated in delivering a new functional and aesthetically pleasing smile.


Post-Treatment Relief

The outcome was transformative – a new smile that radiated confidence. Beyond the physical transformation, the patient experienced a profound shift in their perception of dental care. The initial fear and anxiety gave way to trust and comfort, thanks to the empathetic and patient-centric approach of Dr. Bikoi and her team.

Dr. Bikoi shared her insights: “Seeing patients overcome their severe anxiety and embrace their new smile is incredibly rewarding. It’s a reminder of why we do what we do. It’s not just about the dental procedure but about changing lives, one smile at a time.”

While the patient’s review remains private, the visible joy and newfound confidence speak volumes. Though not directly shared here, the before and after photos depict a journey from apprehension to happiness, showcasing the technical excellence and compassionate care offered by Artistic Family Dentistry of Silver Spring.

This patient story exemplifies the transformative power of empathetic dental care and advanced technology. For those struggling with dental anxiety, it serves as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that, with the right care, a new smile—and a new beginning—is well within reach.

Start Your Journey

Dr. Bikoi and the Artistic Family Dentistry of Silver Spring team continue to set patient care benchmarks, blending technical expertise with a deep understanding of patient needs, ensuring every individual’s journey to a new smile is as comfortable and reassuring as possible.

We invite you to schedule a consultation with us and take the first step toward the smile you’ve always desired. Let us help you achieve the confidence of a beautiful, healthy smile. Call us at (240) 641-5828 or complete our online contact form to get started.